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Saudis act against anti-Islamic soccer player haircuts

Not against, say, jihad terrorism.


“Saudis act against anti-Islamic footballer haircuts,” AFP, April 10, 2016:

Saudi sports authorities are taking action against footballer hairstyles deemed to be anti-Islamic in the ultra-conservative kingdom, local media reported.

A video posted online on Friday showed one player being given a last-minute haircut before a fixture to comply with Saudi Football Federation guidelines.

The video shows a referee using scissors to remove a small mohawk at the front of his head before allowing him onto the pitch.

The head of the kingdom’s youth organisation Tuesday asked its sport federations and Olympic committee to “ban the qazaa phenomenon”, using an Arabic name for eccentric styles often sported by footballers, the website reported.

Such haircuts are against Islam and


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