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Futsal Whites players fundraise over $130,000 for NZ keeper killed in Christchurch terror attacks

The New Zealand futsal community has raised over $130,000 for Kiwi player Atta Elayyan, one of the 50 victims killed in last Friday's Christchurch terror attacks.

Elayyan played 19 A international games for the New Zealand Futsal Whites as a goalkeeper.

The 33-year-old's teammate Elias Billeh has been with the Elayyan family since his death, taking charge of a Give-A-Little page to help his wife and daughter.

"Great to see a lot of love and support from all around the world, be it futsal, Arab or every community in general," said Billeh.

Billeh said Elayyan was always a good roommate and that he will miss their conversations.

"It was always a pleasure travelling with Atta," he said. "As keepers, we always used to room with each other so we know each other pretty well.

"It's always good to be able to talk futsal, talk life and talk business outside of training and games."

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Atta Alayyan was praying at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque last Friday when the attack occurred. Source: 1 NEWS


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