Malaysia: Clerics condemn “un-Islamic” football shirts
26 Jul 10

On 21 July 2010, clerics announced that Malaysian Muslims should not wear Manchester United football shirts because the devil emblazoned on the badge is un-Islamic. Condemnation also extended to the strips of Brazil, Norway, Serbia, Portugal and Barcelona, because their crests contain crosses. Prominent Islamic cleric Nooh Gadot described the jerseys as “very dangerous” adding that Muslims “should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devil”.

Fans reacted angrily on social networking sites, accusing the clerics of supporting United’s arch rivals Liverpool. However, despite their disapproval, Islamic authorities have stated that there are  no plans to issue an edict making the shirts illegal.