Algerian Influencer arrested and deported for racist comments against Ivory Coast during AFCON 2023 stay


Algerian influencer Sofia Benlemmane has been arrested at the request of the Algerian ambassador in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for making racist comments during AFCON 2023.

She was apprehended on January 15th at the stadium by the Rapid Intervention Brigade due to her remarks against Ivory Coast.

In a video, she can be heard uttering the following words:

“Ivory Coast, a miserable country… the Ivorians live in poverty worse than the prehistoric era.”

As a result, she has been expelled from Ivory Coast and banned for life.


Video of her arrest

This is not the first time she has garnered negative attention. In a throwback to 2022, when Cameroon defeated Algeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Algerians accused the referee of cheating. Sofia Benlemmane traveled to Gambia with a French passport in an attempt to confront referee Gassama and “extract” a confession from him. She was subsequently arrested by Gambian authorities.

Sofia Benlemmane gained notoriety for being the first Algerian supporter to invade the pitch at the Stade de France during the France-Algeria friendly match in 2001.

She was convicted by French justice.


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