Can’t wait for this: Australian Cricketer Sparks Controversy With His Comments on Palestine


Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja sparked a debate ahead of the Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Palestine. Khawaja, known for his outspoken nature, took to social media to express his confusion over the Australian government’s stance on Palestine.

Khawaja takes a dig at Australin Govt.

In his X post, Khawaja questioned how the Socceroos were playing against a country that the Australian government does not officially recognize. He wrote, “I’m confused how we are playing a country that our government doesn’t even recognise. Is this Socceroos v Nobody? It’s all very confusing.”

Khawaja’s comments highlight the complex intersection of sports and politics. His post underscores the disconnect between the world of football, where Palestine is recognized as a separate entity, and the political landscape, where the recognition of Palestine as a state is a contentious issue.

His post garnered plenty of support online, with many users echoing his sentiments and expressing their confusion over the situation. Khawaja’s comments have certainly added a new dimension to the discourse surrounding the match, bringing attention to the broader political context in which the game is being played.

Khawaja has been vocal about the Israel-Palestine conflict in the past. He was previously blocked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from displaying a peace symbol on his bat and from wearing shoes with pro-Palestine messages and colors. Despite these restrictions, Khawaja has continued to express his views and advocate for peace.

Australia beat Palestine comprehensilvely

Amidst the surrounding criticism, the Australian men’s football team delivered a commanding performance against Palestine in the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers, securing a resounding 5-0 victory. The match took place at the HBF Park in Perth, Australia.

This victory marked the end of the second round of the Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, during which they remained unbeaten. They topped Group I with six wins from six matches, scoring a total of 22 goals and conceding none. Their biggest win of 7-0 came against Bangladesh in November.

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