Muslim Cleric Urges FIFA to Ban Christian Players From Making the Sign of the Cross After Scoring
A Saudi Muslim cleric said FIFA should ban Christian football players making the sign of the cross after scoring or coming onto the pitch.
Mohammed al Arefe demanded the world football governing body step in to outlaw the prayer symbol.
The university religion professor who has a massive following in Saudi Arabia made his call on Twitter to 17.4million people.
But it has received a backlash from footy fans pointing out Muslim players regularly make religious gestures on the pitch.
Al Arefe wrote: “I’ve seen video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is do FIFA’s rules not forbid this.”
Critics responded by saying the same thing is often done by Muslim players.
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SOURCE: The Sun, Neal Baker