Denmark’s Football Federation Chairman is calling for religious manifestations such as those shown by Brazilian footballers after winning the recent Federations Cup to be banned.
Following their 3-2 victory over the United States, the Brazilain team fell to its knees in a ring to thank God for their victory.
“Personally I do not think that sport and religion should be mixed to such a degree that we more or less see a manifestation of a religious stance,” says DBU Secretary-General Jim Stjerne Hansen.
“Just as we reject political manifestations, we should also say no to religious ones. There are too many risks involved in clubs, for example, with people of different religious faiths,” he says.
Hansen says that the Brazilian ‘event’ also ran contrary to the international soccer federation FIFA’s own rules.
Fifa rules state that if equipment contains political, religious or personal slogans, tournament organisers or FIFA will punish perpetrators. (Poliken.de)
I am not sure where to stand on this one, it seems a little churlish to make a stand on this one as clearly an individual footballer should be able to illustrate his desire and devotion to god as he wishes but I guess some may be offended by such displays of religious statements.
However FIFA’s rules on the matter are pretty straightforward but are probably a nightmare to enforce. For instance I applaud the political statement made by some of the Iranian international team in support of Mir-Hossein Mousavi but presumably this act of defiance would also fall foul of these laws.
It’s an interesting debate and we here at COS Towers would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.