KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain won a landslide victory to be elected president of the Asian Football Confederation on Thursday, replacing longtime rival Mohamed bin Hammam. A half hour later, he also won the vote for the vacant seat on FIFA's executive committee, inflicting defeat on Qatar World Cup organizing chief Hassan Al Thawadi, taking 28 votes against 18 for his rival. FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggested that Sheik Salman's second victory was required by protocol, rather than a snub for Qatar. "(Tomorrow) they will change the statutes and you will see that they will introduce that the president of the confederation must have a seat" on the FIFA board, Blatter told reporters. "They did it already today." In the election for president, Sheik Salman comprehensively defeated two bin Hammam allies — Yousuf al-Serkal of the United Arab Emirates and Thailand's Worawi Makudi — in a poll of 46 member federations. Sheik Salman … [Read more...] about Sheik Salman elected president of Asian football
Football banning order
A Muslim man in Kota Bahru, Kelantan has been ordered to attend counselling after an officer of the Kelantan Islamic Religious Department (JAIK) caught him wearing shorts in public Wan Khairul Hayyee Wali, 30, was told that he had breached the Syariah Criminal Enactment for exposing his knees, thus revealing his aurat (areas of modesty which must be covered, beginning from the navel down to the knees for Muslim men). The 30-year-old man was issued the notice when he was buying food from a burger stall while on his way to play futsal. He was also quoted to have said that he was not aware that wearing shorts in public was an offence. According the The Star, Khairul tried to explain to the religious enforcement officer that he was on his way to play futsal and and had gotten down from his car to buy a burger for his wife. If it is an offence, they have to make it clear to the public. How are we supposed to know that it is an offence because even football players wear shorts," he … [Read more...] about Man In Kota Bahru Ordered To Attend Counselling Because He Wore Futsal Shorts In Public
The knockout rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup coincides with the holy month of Ramadan for the first time in 28 years. Ramadan fasting poses a challenge for Muslim footballers. It is the first time for 28 years that Ramadan has overlapped with a World Cup. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Algeria, Cameroon, Iran, Ivory Coast and Nigeria all have large Muslim populations, while the likes of France, Switzerland and Germany also have players of Islamic faith. The last time Ramadan fell during a World Cup was in Mexico 1986, when three teams with Islamic traditions competed: Iraq, Algeria and Morocco. Four years earlier, at the World Cup in Spain, Ramadan also overlapped as Algeria and debutants Kuwait took part. How do Muslim players keep themselves fit and hydrated during the holy month of Ramadan? The issue of fasting and playing is a tricky one with the religious needs of the player somewhat at odds with the footballing needs of his manager and the country. Managers and coaches may question the … [Read more...] about How Do Muslim Footballers Cope During Ramadan?
Donald Trump’s executive order to ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries has been met with wide-ranging acrimony and criticism, including from many figures in the sports world. One such statement against the executive order came, on Saturday, from Marie Tillman, the widow of Pat Tillman. Tillman played in the NFL from 1998-2001, and after the September 11 terrorist attacks decided to quit football and enlist in the military. As an Army Ranger, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was killed in 2004 in Afghanistan. On Facebook, his wife wrote that Trump’s executive order is not representative of the country her husband dreamed of, what he served for, or what he died for. Here’s her full statement, from Facebook: “In 2002 my husband enlisted in the US Army, he stood up to serve because he believed in the principles on which our country was founded and, recognizing it wasn’t perfect, was passionate about what it could … [Read more...] about Pat Tillman’s wife issued a strong statement decrying Trump’s immigration executive order
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman ordered daily fantasy-sports betting websites DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, according to The New York Times. “Our review concludes that DraftKings’/FanDuel’s operations constitute illegal gambling under New York law,” Schneiderman wrote in a letter, according to ESPN’s David Purdum and Darren Rovell, and ABC News. The decision comes a little over a month after Schneiderman opened an investigation into the websites. The investigation was prompted by reports that employees at both companies had won major payouts betting on each other’s platforms.Representatives of DraftKings and FanDuel lambasted the decision and are trying to rally their large fan bases against the ban. DraftKings sent out an email to players saying, “Hey, New York, protect your right to keep playing daily fantasy sports. Contact the attorney general today!” In a statement, … [Read more...] about The New York attorney general ordered FanDuel and DraftKings to stop accepting bets in New York