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IS bans referees, alignes football rules with Sharia law in Syria

IS bans referees, alignes football rules with Sharia law in SyriaIsis has reportedly outlawed football referees in one of its Syrian strongholds because they implement Fifa rules “in violation of the commands of Allah”, according to The Independent.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory or Human Rights (SOHR) said commanders had also drawn up a list of rules detailing how injured players can be compensated by their opponents under Sharia law, where victims can even claim exact revenge.

The account could not be verified but would be in line with several other prohibitions brought in by Isis. Smoking, satellite dishes, dancing, watching foreign television and private internet access have all incurred the wrath of the so-called Islamic State.

Any alleged infractions to its exhaustive laws can be met with punishments including flogging, shooting, beheading and burning.
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