FSV Mainz 05 announced that they had opted to terminate the contract of suspended Dutch-Moroccan attacker Anwar El Ghazi on Friday evening.
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In a fresh post to his feed some days ago, however, El Ghazi distanced himself from the apology and made more inflammatory statements related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mainz issued a statement on Monday saying that El Ghazi's case would be "re-examined". The decision to give the player his outright release came five days later.
El Ghazi is also facing a criminal investigation by the public prosecutor's office in Koblenz. The inflammatory nature of El Ghazi's words - as pertain to Israel - runs afoul of specifically outlawed hate speech in the post-war Bundesrepublik. The district office confirmed that El Ghazi's case would be examined to determine if the conduct constitutes a criminal offense.