Game of Soccer Gets Fatwa from Muslim Cleric
(Saudi Arabia) A Saudi cleric, Sheikh 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Barrak, said the game of soccer is an "abomination" and is contrary to the foundations of Islam.
In a recent fatwa, Saudi cleric Sheikh 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Barrak wrote that the game of soccer is a moral and social abomination.The sheikh also disapproves of Muslim fans admiring non-Muslim soccer players.
According to a translation of his statements by Memri, the Middle East Media Research Institute, the sheik proclaimed that football has caused the degradation of Islam.
"There is no doubt that football, played according to [the accepted international rules], has caused Muslims to adopt some of the customs of the enemies of Islam, who are [preoccupied with] games and frivolity. [This game] causes many abominable and corrupt acts," he said.