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Palestinians thank Algeria footballer for raising Palestine flag

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City wears the flag of Algeria, as he carries the flag of Palestine after Manchester City are presented with the Premier League Trophy following their victory in the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on 23 May 2021 in Manchester, England. [Dave Thompson - Pool/Getty Images]
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City wears the flag of Algeria, as he carries the flag of Palestine after Manchester City are presented with the Premier League Trophy following their victory in the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on 23 May 2021 in Manchester, England. [Dave Thompson - Pool/Getty Images]

Palestinians thanked Manchester City's Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez for raising the Palestine flag at the Etihad stadium on Sunday during his team's celebration of the title win.

Just minutes after raising the flag of Palestine, Mahrez became the most prominent celebrated figure by Palestinians on social media.

Prominent Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Hassanat posted a picture for Mahrez carrying the Palestine flag on Twitter and wrote: "Thank you Riyad Mahrez."

Mahrez posted the picture of him with the Algerian flag draped around his shoulders and the Palestine flag raised high on his social media accounts.

Leicester City's England Under-21 international Hamza Choudhury and French Under-21 defender Wesley Fofana held a Palestinian flag on 15 May. Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Ivory Coast international Amad Diallo followed suit days later.

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