Isis have reportedly banned football referees in Syria because they uphold the rules of football governing body FIFA and not Sharia law.
According to the Observatory of Human Rights, Isis commanders told organisers of local games that referees would no longer be allowed because their decisions ‘do not judge according to what Allah has revealed’ and are ‘a violation of Allah’s command and the Sunnah.’
It is also reported that Isis commanders have drawn up a new list of rules which describe how an injured player can receive compensation from their opponents, or exact revenge, as it falls under the rulings of Sharia law.
With the football league season just about to start in Syria it is unsure how the new rules will affect the country’s local league.
‘We’re lucky because the football we play does not run using Fifa’s name – then the organisation [Isis] would have stopped games once and for all and not just refereeing,’ a player told the SOHR.
Along with these new rules governing football, Isis have also banned a string of other menial activities such as smoking, dancing, listening to foreign music and watching foreign television.
Those who breach the rules can be flogged, shot, beheaded or burned alive.
Source: BBC NEWS
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)