Mohammed Alarefe, A Muslim Cleric & Professor In Dubai Called On World Football Governing Body, FIFA To Ban Christian Athletes Making Religion Signs On The Pitch
A high profiled Saudi Muslim cleric and professor of religion at King Saud University in Riyadh, Mohammed Alarefe has penned to the world football’s governing body, FIFA to ban Christian players from making the sign of the cross and other Christian signs after scoring.
Alarefe said in his tweet that making religion sign on the pitch is not among the code and conduct of FIFA, he therefore urged the World football governor body to penalised the christian athletes. He 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 if FIFA’s rules forbid this.’
He made this call openly to his 17.4millions followers on Twitter and in returns, he was backslashes with some people who gave him the responses he deserves.
Among the comments fired back to him, it stated that the Muslims athletes also makes their Islamic sign after scoring. For instance, some muslim players may bow down while some may knee down and nothing has ever been criticized on that fact.
In some muslim countries, the issue of football and religion is something they takes to the fullest esteem, For instance, Real Madrid FC said they will not like to featured the indigenous Christian cross on clothing sold in some Middle East countries under a new regional contracts.UPDATED