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Libyan footballers join rebellion


Muammar Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi

Players and coaches from the Libyan national football team have announced their support for the fight to end Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years in power, according to rebel sources.

The announcement was made in a video posted today on a rebel Facebook page under the title "the national team announces its defection".

In it, several of the men said they are visiting rebels in the western Nafusa mountains to show support. The speakers did not identify themselves by name.

One of them said they are "announcing - not from now but from the beginning of the revolution - that we are joining it".

Another said: "God willing, Tripoli will be liberated by this mountain. This is a message to the agents to abandon their weapons because Libya will be free, sooner or later."

Belfast Telegraph