A muslim cleric has called on the football body, Fifa to ban Christian football players form making the sign of the cross after scoring or coming onto the pitch. According to the Sun Mohammed al Arefe asked FIFA’S governing body step in to outlaw the prayer symbol.
Al Arefe wrote: “I have seen lots video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is do FIFA’s rules not forbid this.
Emmanuel Adebayor of Real Madrid performs the cross symbol after scoring Also the Sun report that controversy erupted after Real Madrid agreed to remove a Christian cross symbol from its kits on sale in the Middle East. The Spanish club, which is sponsored by Dubai-based Emirates airline, has its kits made by a company named Marka in the region.
Marka’s Vice Chairman Khaled al-Mheiri said: “We have to be sensitive to other parts of the Gulf that are quite sensitive to products that hold the cross
World Footballer of the year and business man, Cristiano Ronaldo has broken another record!
The Portuguese star scored two goals against Hungary last week, his 69th and 70th goal for his country, Portugal, and then followed it up with another goal against Sweden his 71st, which automatically put him among the top 10 highest goal scorers for national sides in the history of football.
On Tuesday Brazil became the first side to seal their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next year. Their 3-0 win over Paraguay, along with defeats for Argentina and Uruguay, means they cannot finish lower than fourth in South American qualifying. Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, FC Barcelona striker Neymar and Real Madrid’s Marcelo scored Brazil’s goals. Neymar also missed a penalty kick as his side moved nine points clear of second-placed Colombia.
Newsmen report that the victory was Brazil’s eighth straight win under coach Tite. Paraguay, meanwhile, find themselves five points off the top four with only four games remaining. Two-time World Cup winners Argentina face a battle to qualify for Russia with their 0-2 loss to Bolivia in La Paz leaving them fifth, a point behind Chile. They will have to do so without forward Lionel Messi.
The FC Barcelona player has been banned for four international matches for directing “insulting words’’ at an assistant referee during last Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile. Uruguay, who were beaten 2-1 by Peru in Lima on Tuesday, are third. The team that finishes fifth will face the winners of the Oceania group in a two-legged play-off.
Brazil will qualify for the FIFA World Cup holding next year in Russia if it beats Paraguay in Sao Paulo. To advance, the South American group leader needs a victory and a few other results to fall its way. But win or lose, Brazil is heading for the World Cup in Russia with five rounds of qualifying remaining.
Second-placed Uruguay faces a winnable match at Peru, and fourth-placed Colombia has a real test at fifth-placed Ecuador. Sixth-placed Chile welcomes last-placed Venezuela in Santiago, hoping to climb back into qualifying position. With five rounds to go, Brazil has 30 points more than enough to secure a spot in previous World Cups. Uruguay has 23 and Argentina 22.
With Brazil almost sure to advance and Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru struggling at the bottom that leaves six teams fighting for the three remaining automatic spots for Russia. Another South American team could also advance in a playoff. After the impressive thrashing of Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo, Brazil is so close to the World Cup spot that many players are already looking for new challenges as Brazil chases it sixth World Cup title.
For the spot to be assured, Brazil needs to beat Paraguay and see Venezuela overcome Chile in Santiago. Also, Colombia needs to get its first win at Ecuador in 20 years. Even if the “official” qualification doesn’t come, there will surely be a party at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Coach Tite, who has won seven straight games in qualifiers since he took over in September, had his best days at Corinthians.
He won two Brazilian championships, one Copa Libertadores, and the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup title after a 1-0 victory over England’s Chelsea in Japan. Defender Fagner, also a Corinthians player, will replace suspended Dani Alves. “I feel no pressure, I want to enjoy every moment of this,” Fagner told reporters. If he doesn’t do well, Tite has already brought Sevilla’s Mariano for a test.