Beeb doc more a pil­grim­age to Macca

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– al­ter­na­tive ti­tle: On Mo­hammed, Son! – was about the grow­ing num­bers of top-flight foot­ballers who look East and wor­ship Mecca.

This be­ing a BBC pro­duc­tion, it was made by those who look North-West and wor­ship Macca (and Rob­bie, Ste­vie, Carra, et al).

The un­shake­able pro-Liver­pool bias at the BBC meant much of this doc­u­men­tary fo­cused on An­field, de­spite the Reds not hav­ing the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of Mus­lim play­ers. But, hey, who needs Mus­lim play­ers when you can have an in­ter­view with Lu­cas Leiva, telling us how he feels about the is­sue from that all-im­por­tant Brazil­ian, Catholic per­spec­tive?

Plus, they did find Mus­lim play­ers from other teams – of which, ap­par­ently, there are quite a few.

Ex-Stoke striker Ma­mady Sidibe proudly told us he did not join other play­ers for gam­bling ses­sions in the Pot­ters’ dress­ing room.

It would have been nice to hear how he felt about earn­ing mil­lions from a club owned by an on­line bet­ting mag­nate, Peter Coates, but per­haps they for­got to ask.

There was also a fun strand about Omani football fans sup­port­ing Wi­gan be­cause of goal­keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

“He is like our own David Beck­ham,” one boasted, as they headed to Wem­b­ley for the FA Cup fi­nal.

And they were right. He spent all game on the bench!

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