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The Ramadan dilemma for Muslim players

Published: May 16, 2018

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The 2018 World Cup will feature more Muslim stars than any previous tournament. It will also coincide with Ramadan – and, for most Muslims, fasting.


Christian, Muslim and Hindu soccer players join in political goal celebration

Published: June 9, 2017

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Bali United’s Hindu defender Ngurah Nanak, Christian forward Yabes Roni and Muslim striker Miftahul Hamdi made an iconic statement of unity with their goal celebration. A unique goal celebration has caught the attention of soccer fans around the world, after three Indonesian players combined for a powerful and symbolic statement


Algeria coach: fasting up to players at World Cup

Published: June 29, 2014

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Algeria’s players are being left to decide whether or not they observe the Ramadan fast during Monday’s World Cup game against Germany, with coach Vahid Halilhodzic saying it’s not a divisive issue. Halilhodzic, who has testy relations with sections of the Algerian media and its football association, threatened to leave a news conference Sunday if questions persisted on the topic.


World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer | James …

Published: June 14, 2014

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Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe tune in to watch the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The condemnations revive a …


‘Arab Idol’ to FIFA Congress: Viva Palestine

Published: June 10, 2014

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The feel-good Palestinian winner of last year’s ‘Arab Idol’ competition kicked off the FIFA Congress on Tuesday with an impromptu call to his homeland, signing off his performance with an emphatic ”Viva Palestine.” The gesture in Sao Paulo came as Israelis and Palestinians continued their stalemate over the free movement of Palestinian soccer players and against a backdrop of FIFA President Sepp Blatter urging the parties to ”separate politics and sports.” Wearing a Muslim headscarf around his neck, Mohammed Assaf, the young wedding singer from the Gaza Strip whose songs often touch upon the Palestinian struggle for independence, sang before world soccer leaders in Arabic and English. Upon finishing his act, he abruptly asked for the microphone to thank Blatter and to single out Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestine soccer association, who has been sparring with Israel over the player movement issue


Soccer-Malaysia team defends hiring cheerleaders

Published: January 9, 2014

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A newly formed cheerleading squad have defended their appointment by a Malaysian top flight soccer team, saying they were hired to provide ‘decent and polite’ support for the team amid complaints from conservative fans. The Titan Cheerleaders, a 15 woman group, will provide support for T-Team during the upcoming season at home matches in the majority Muslim east coast state of Terengganu. Malaysian daily newspaper The Star reported fans were against the employment of cheerleaders and had ‘swamped’ message boards with complaints, but the Titans said those supporters had misunderstood their remit


Egyptian soccer team suspends player for backing Mursi

Published: November 12, 2013

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(Clarifies name of competition in paragraph 4) CAIRO, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A leading Egyptian football club said on Tuesday it would suspend one of its players and offer him for sale after he showed support for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. Ahmed Abdelzaher will also be “prevented from representing the club and will not get any bonuses”, the club Al Ahli said in a statement issued on its website. After scoring a goal on Sunday in the African Champions league final match, Abdelzaher displayed the four-finger Muslim Brotherhood signal, which symbolises a raid by security forces on a pro-Mursi protest camp in Cairo in August in which hundreds of Islamists were killed


Egypt: Bradley will stay on for Ghana playoff

Published: October 21, 2013

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Egypt news


A soccer humiliation spins into Egypt’s politics (The Associated Press)

Published: October 16, 2013

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CAIRO (AP) — A hammering 6-1 loss to Ghana was more than just a blow to Egypt’s faltering hopes for a spot in next year’s World Cup finals. The humiliation immediately became entangled in Egypt’s bitterly divisive politics


Saint-Etienne boss slams racism claims

Published: September 13, 2013

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Ligue 1 news


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