Soccer is known for knocking down many barriers, except for those fortified in religious fanatism. One Baris Kaska, a Turkish lawyer from Izmir, filed a complaint against UEFA with the local court asking for the annullment of Inter Milan’s 3-0 Champions League win over Fenerbahce on account that the “Italians wore a red cross on a white surface.” For Kaska, a clear symbol of the Crusades.
“The cross reminded me of the bloody days of the past. In my opinion, the design of the shirt openly suggests the superiority of one religion,” claims Kaska.
Naturally, the complaint has no chances of prospering since UEFA approved the design of Inter’s reserve kit, inaugurated on the occasion of the Milan club’s forthcoming centenary. Indeed, Inter had the sensitivity to ask Fenerbahce whether they would object to their using the crossed shirt at San Siro, and the Turks said no problem.
Barcelona, who sell tons of shirts in Islamic countries, have forestalled a possible Togel Hongkong customers’ boycott by redisigning their coat of arms in the batches intended for Moslem markets. Instead of the city’s patron saint St George’s cross in the upper left corner, Barça’s coat of arms on sale in Islamic states cointains an ordinary vertical red line on the white surface.
“They don’t tolerate crosses, be it Barça’s or another club’s,” said a Spaniard living in Saudi Arabia to the La Vanguardia daily.
“Barcelona’s merchandise sells well, but it would not be the same if there was a red cross drawn within a white square.”
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