Malaysia won’t ban Man U jer­seys

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - — From wire re­ports

Is­lamic au­thor­i­ties in Malaysia say soc­cer uni­forms with devils, crosses or skulls pro­mote the “wrong value,” but that doesn’t mean Manch­ester United jer­seys should be banned.

Re­cent re­ports said Mus­lims have been urged not to wear the Premier League club’s shirts be­cause its em­blem fea­tures a red devil hold­ing a tri­dent. The team is some­times re­ferred to as the Red Devils. It was also re­ported that Mus­lims in Malaysia were for­bid­den to wear sim­i­lar jer­seys of other in­ter­na­tional teams.

“We just ad­vise peo­ple not to wear this,” Harus­sani Zakaria, a cleric from north­ern Perak state, said Fri­day. “Satan is for us our en­emy … It’s the wrong value. Satan is al­ways bad.”

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