Ex-Shakhtar player and Ukrainian champion blocked for supporting his country
Meta has blocked Tottenham Hotspur forward Manor Solomon's Instagram account after the former Shakhtar Donetsk player used it to support Israel. Only after the English club intervened did the 24-year-old Israeli get his access back.
The situation drew sharp criticism from the Israeli Football Association.
However, representatives of Meta deny that Solomon's account was blocked because of any of his publications.
"Solomon's account was deleted by mistake and was quickly restored. His account was not deleted because of any content he shared," Telegraph Sport quoted Mark Zuckerberg as saying.
Tottenham eventually received an apology from Meta, which it delivered to Solomon in Israel, but there was no further explanation of why or how this happened.
In a message posted on Instagram, the Israeli football association posted a photo of Solomon with his mouth taped over and the following message: "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. May God help you!"
Solomon's representatives also insist that the player did not distribute any anti-Palestinian content and only criticized the Hamas attack while supporting the injured and dead Israelis.
A Solomon representative told Telegraph Sport: "This is ridiculous. He didn't make any anti-Palestinian posts, he just supported his country. This is ridiculous. The way Instagram reacted is ridiculous."
After the Hamas attack on Israel, Solomon posted an emotional message on Instagram that read: "Over the past two days, my country, my family, my friends, and my favorite people have been through hell."
As OBOZ.UA reported, Solomon joined Shakhtar in 2019, having played 70 matches and scored 16 goals. Together with the miners, he became a two-time champion of Ukraine. On July 11, 2023, he signed a contract with the English Premier League club Tottenham until the summer of 2028.