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Germans reject Dejagah's likely national team ban for refusing to play Israel: poll

Berlin, Oct 11, IRNA - German-Iranian Bundesliga midfielder Ashkan Dejagah should not be barred from playing for Germany's Under-21 national football squad for refusing to play against Israel, according to the latest survey released Thursday by the private SAT1 television network.

Ashkan Dejagah

Some 62.9 percent of those questioned said Dejagah should be allowed to continue his German national team career, while 34.7 percent opposed it and 2.4 percent were simply indifferent to the issue.

Pro-Zionist regime lobbying groups in Germany have hyped the case over the past days and called for a life-time ban of Dejagah.

Meanwhile, several team-mates of Dejagah have expressed support for the decision of the VfL Wolfsburg half-back.

A member of Germany's national football team, Malik Fathi said," If they are his principles, he should act according to them." Dejagah was a former team-mate of 25-year-old Fathi at Hertha BSC Berlin.

Another fellow Hertha BSC Berlin player Sofian Chahed who also plays in the German Under-21 national football squad, voiced "understanding" for Dejagah's stance.

The Iranian-born Dejagah is normally a starting player in the line-up of Germany's Under-21 team.

He is regarded as one of Germany's great football hopes by experts.

According to former German national team assistant coach Michael Skibbe, Dejagah has "excellent prospects" to join the A-team in the near future.

... Payvand News - 10/11/07 ... --

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