Being a soccer fan in the US can be a lonely affair, being a soccer fan in Somalia can be lonely and fatal. Members of the militant Hizbul Islam group arrested 10 people for watching soccer one night and another 30 people for watching the Germany/Australia game in the town of Afgoye.
Even more horrifying, two soccer fans were murdered by the group just because they were watching the Nigeria/Argentina match.
Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Aros, a spokesman for the militants, said Somalia should respect their ban on the World Cup and focus on pursuing jihad.
“We are warning all the youth of Somalia not to dare watch these World Cup matches,” he said.
“It is a waste of money and time and they will not benefit anything or get any experience by watching mad men jumping up and down.”
I didn’t realize the religion of peace was so opposed to soccer, must be news to the millions of people who play and follow the game all around the Middle East, not to mention the leaders of the UAE who are bidding to HOST the World Cup in 2018 or 2022…