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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I thought it was a joke, but no. It's a soccer fatwa.

Edict includes
  • Do not follow the heretics and play with 11 people. Instead, add to this number or decrease it
  • Do not play in t-shirts and shorts, they are not Muslim, but heretical Western clothing
  • Do not appoint someon to follow you called a "referee" as his presence would be in imitation of the heretics, Jews and Christians
  • You should use two posts instead of three pieces of wood or steel that you erect in order to put the ball between them, meaning that you should remove the crossbar in order not to imitate the heretics and in order to be entirely distinct from the soccer system's despotic international rules
And other ridiculousness. Upside - maybe Australia won't have to worry about facing Iran in any future World Cup playoffs.

Also available at the International Herald Tribune, if the NYT link becomes subscription only.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 10/19/2005 02:43:00 pm || || Return to Top