Fact Check: Footballer Ronaldo Did NOT Wave The Palestinian Flag After A Football Match -- It Was el-Yamiq

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  • by: Jamal Halaby
Fact Check: Footballer Ronaldo Did NOT Wave The Palestinian Flag After A Football Match -- It Was el-Yamiq Not Ronaldo

Did the Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo wave a Palestinian flag to express solidarity with the Palestinians following an October 2023 football match? No, that's not true: The player shown in the video is Moroccan footballer Jaway el-Yamiq, who waved the Palestinian flag following Morocco's victory over Canada during the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. It was posted on various social media platforms on December 1, 2022, a full 10 months before the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel that resulted in Israeli retaliatory attacks on Gaza.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) posted on TikTok on October 14, 2023, with a caption reading:

Ronaldo raises the Palestinian flag

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:


(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Sun Oct 15 13:57:11 2023 UTC)

Using Google Lens, Lead Stories confirmed the video shows Jawad el-Yamiq, a center-back for Morocco, waving the Palestinian flag on the field as Morocco secured a 2-1 victory over Canada at the World Cup 2022.

The original six-second video clip showed el-Yamiq waving the flag at the end of the match on the football field in Qatar. The Associated Press, Reuters, and The Guardian, among numerous other international news outlets, reported on the match following Morocco's string of victories.

Ronaldo, a renowned football icon, currently serves as a forward and is captain of both the Saudi Pro League's Al Nassr Club and the Portugal national football team.

  Jamal Halaby

Jamal Halaby is a fact-checker, who has been working with Lead Stories for nearly two years, helping bring the truth and factual information to the organization's global audience. With extensive background in investigative journalism and content writing and editing in Arabic and English, Jamal uses that experience to expose a burgeoning market of misinformation and disinformation. Previously, he worked as a writer for the Associated Press and several other reputable international news organizations. He has a passion for empirical analysis and discerning the veracity of the news.

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