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offline mala_D

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On the news this afternoon there was an item about an Under-12s football team which is appealing against the FA's decision to fine them [£75] and disqualify them from a cup tournament.

Apparently, the team - being mainly comprised of muslims - did not play a certain amount of scheduled games because some of the kids were observing Ramadan - which involves fasting during daylight hours.

The FA have punished them....the team is appealing.....and the team say they will take this matter to a civil court/higher authority.

Does anyone on here know of similar instances in football [or sport in general] where a competitor has "abstained" from sport and competition because of his or her religious beliefs?

I remember this being an issue in the film Chariots of Fire - if that was historically correct?

offline American FLEET FAN No1

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They sign up for a League........they agree to obide by the League rules.......end of story.......as far as i am concerned

offline Jeff

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Give a toss.
Am getting sick of all this muslim [****!!****].
This is England, get used to it!

offline Mr Happy

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Here, here!

offline Simon BTFC

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maladroit said:
I remember this being an issue in the film Chariots of Fire - if that was historically correct?

Didn't he change distance at one competition so as to avoid running on a Sunday?

Plenty of examples of players not competing for religious reasons - Jonathan Edwards missed a European Championships early in his career when the qualifying rounds were held on a Sunday.

Closer to home a couple of seasons ago we had to move an FA cup qualifier against Wingate and Finchley because it fell on a Jewish Festival.

Obviously not aware of all the facts from Mal's hot potato, but if the club had said they wouldn't be able to play on the dates in question at the start of the season then I see no reason why the competition organisers couldn't have worked with them to rearrange the games. If the team didn't give advance warning before the start of the competition then I have little sympathy. As I said if possible the best solution would be for the club and the organisers to work together to rearrange dates, particularly if there are only one or two weeks in question. If there are long periods (and I have no idea how long ramadan lasts!) when the team were unable to play they should consider whether it would be appropriate to enter the competition.

offline Student Scum

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Along similar lines....? Don't forget Carlos Roa...
His devotion to the Seventh Day Adventist religious sect was so overwhelming that he rejected a guaranteed £2million payout from a likely transfer to Manchester United - and gave up football for the love of God.

Ex-Luton striker Lars Elstrup abruptly left the game after helping Denmark to win the 1992 European Championships and joined the "Wild Goose" Buddhist sect in his homeland.

Also, Peter Knowles famously quit Wolves in the 60s despite being blessed with fine goal-scoring prowess to became an evangelist knocking on doors round the Midlands instead... probably where Ganea will end up!

offline Uncle Urchin

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peter knowles quit wolves because he was exposed in a sunday tabloid [***!!***] escort girls in the 'payolla' scandal....

he joined the adventists to get out of the [****!!****] with his missus...

fck me there aint half some waffle posted on here...culdn't make it up culdya.... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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