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Cleric's warning against World Cup

At the height of international World Cup fervour, an ultra-conservative Egyptian cleric has said that watching football matches was unacceptable in Islam because it is a distraction and "destroys nations".

Yasser Borhami, a founding member of the main Salafi movement in Egypt, the Salafi Call, said spending time watching the games was "a disaster that makes me very irate".

He said it was a distraction from religious and worldly duties, ultimately leading to "the destruction of nations and peoples".

His religious opinion, or edict, which was posted on the group's website in a video yesterday, differed sharply with the conventional wisdom that global sports competitions like the World Cup serve to foster camaraderie and understanding among the nations of the world.


From Belfast Telegraph