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Reason for NRL star’s emotional outpour

Wests Tigers star Adam Doueihi has opened up on his emotional response in the aftermath of his side’s loss to the Knights in a difficult week for the Lebanese community.

The tragic Beirut explosion coupled with the Tigers poor form combined to deeply affect Doueihi, who was flooded with messages of support in the aftermath of his tearful response.

“I guess everything just hit me at once,” Doueihi told Channel 7.

“It really was a disappointing performance.

“It was a tough week for us as a Lebanese community.”

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Doueihi comes from a very close and proud Lebanese family and the devastating event in Beirut affected them on a deep level.

“The morning it happened I saw my mum straight away and she was pretty distraught,” Doueihi said.

“I’m not much of a hugger, but I did give her a big hug.”

The Tigers fullback admitted he was struggling with his emotions going into the match and was comforted by coach Michael Maguire at halftime in the dressing sheds.

“He gave me a heads up to try and snap out of it,” Doueihi said.

“And I thought I did and came back in the second half.”

Meanwhile Josh Mansour, who proudly wore the Lebanon flag after his side’s win over the Raiders revealed his motivation behind the touching gesture.

Josh Mansour proudly wears the Lebanon flag after Penrith’s win over Canberra.Source:Getty Images

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“I just wanted to show a bit of solidarity,” Mansour said.

“I spoke to a few relatives over there and they were crying after the game when they saw me do that. They didn’t know it was coming.

Mansour’s cousin made a last minute decision to visit his parents outside of the danger zone 30 minutes before the blast.

“He went to go see mum and dad and he drove up and 30 minutes later the explosion went off at the port.

“Wearing the flag was just about showing it is special to me and it is special to my family and to show how proud I am to be Lebanese.”

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