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Mark Clattenburg: Referee stops play for call to prayer in Saudi Arabia

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42820028 Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg stopped a Saudi Arabia cup match apparently out of respect for the Muslim call to prayer – and has earned widespread praise from football fans in the country. Clattenburg was officiating a match in Saudi Arabia between Al Feiha and Al-Fateh on Wednesday when the Adhan sounded around the King Salman Sport City Stadium from nearby mosques. The game was into the fifth minute of extra time when he halted the action with the teams level at 1-1. When the match resumed, Al […]

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Two Muslim athletes on FIU basketball team preach cornerstones of the faith

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Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/mens-basketball/article195342309.html Sometimes, during the early stages of a Florida International University men’s basketball practice, Hassan Hussein will go to his locker-room, take out his prayer rug and kneel down while facing Mecca. The prayer lasts about five minutes, and it’s one of five times a day when he and other devout Muslims throughout the world engage in these solemn moments. “When I come back from praying, my teammates say, ‘Where did you go?’” said Hussein, who prays at dawn, twice in the afternoon, once before the sun sets and again […]

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‘IT’S A DREAM’ Nike releases its first sports hijab for Muslim athletes to wear while competing

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NIKE has released its first sports hijab for Muslim athletes to wear while competing. The sports manufacturing giant announced earlier this year it was working on bringing out a headscarf for female sports stars. NIKE 4 The Nike Pro Hijab has gone on sale In plain black with the familiar white swoosh, the pull-on design and long back keeps the garment in place during activity. Nike were inspired to make the Pro Hijab after hearing the plight of Amna Al Haddad back in 2015. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– The Olympic hopeful […]

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Moeen Ali: I felt I was letting down the team and fans during Ashes

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Source: The Guardian Few players have had a tougher tour than Moeen Ali. A humbling Ashes series that brought only 179 runs and four wickets in five Tests left the all‑rounder a shell of his exuberant self. Even the five-wicket win on Sunday in the opening match of the one‑day series has not yet eased the disappointments of England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat and his own performance. “The intensity is quite high and people talking about you all the time gets to you,” he said at Melbourne airport as the squad travelled to Brisbane […]

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FA reform: MPs pass ‘no confidence’ motion after House of Commons debate

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More than 90 of the FA Council’s 122 members are men aged 60 or over A motion of “no confidence” in the Football Association has been passed by MPs debating the organisation’s ability to reform itself. While the motion is largely symbolic, MPs have warned legislation will be brought in if changes are not made. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has said the FA could lose £30m-£40m of public funding if it does not modernise. Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee chairman Damian Collins said: “No change is no option.” […]

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Mark Clattenburg’s new life in Saudi Arabia: What does his refereeing future look like?

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Mark Clattenburg is departing the Premier League to explore new opportunities – in Saudi Arabia. The path ever more commonly walked by footballers in their autumn years is now seeing more traffic in referees too, with Clattenburg following in the footsteps of former colleague and Premier League match official Howard Webb in heading to eastward. Having previously declared himself open to the possibility of refereeing in China, Clattenburg – a 12-year veteran of top-flight officiating in England – has now taken the plunge in Saudi Arabia. ADVERTISING But why? And what […]

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Muslim group cheers relaxed rules for British amateur swimmers; full-body suits allowed

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Full-body swimsuits will soon appear in amateur swimming competitions across England due to a rule change approved this week by a governing body. The Amateur Swimming Association relaxed rules on Tuesday for loose-fitting, full-body outfits after a request by the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. Competitors were previously prohibited from all such suits, particularly those favored by Olympians due to their ability to decrease friction through the water. “This is a very positive step forward for competitive swimming in England and one that we hope will encourage many more people to […]

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Nike is set to launch ‘Pro Hijab’ to help Muslim women take part in sport

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  Nike to launch specially-designed hijab for female Muslim athletes next year  Sportswear giant said athletes ‘need them to be able to perform better’ Firm worked with female Muslim Olympians on the design of the garment  Nike is set to launch a specially-designed hijab to help Muslim women compete in sports. The Nike Pro Hijab will be launched in Spring 2018 in response to the increasing number of women in Islamic society ‘embracing sport’. The sportswear giant said it was inspired by Saudi Arabian runner Sarah Attar, who competed in the […]

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Rio 2016: Meet America’s first Muslim Olympian to wear a hijab

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Source: The Independent Ibtihaj Muhammad is Team USA’s first Olympian to wear a hijab. The 30-year-old is gearing up to represent her home country at the Rio Olympics in the sabre fencing competition. Muhammad has captured attention since qualifying for the games in February and was voted second by her fellow American athletes to carry the flag during the Opening Ceremony. She was narrowly pipped to the post by the record-bolding swimmer Michael Phelps. Muhammad was born and raised in New Jersey in a sporty family. Her brother played football and […]

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Aston Villa teenager Easah Suliman wins major sports diversity award

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Aston Villa starlet Easah Suliman was voted the Young Sportsman of The Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BESDA) on Saturday night. The 18-year-old defender beat off strong competition to claim the prize at the star-studded event held at the JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane in London. Other celebrities in attendance included Frank Bruno, who won the lifelong achievement award, Denise Lewis, James de Gale, Jason Gardener, Sol Campbell, Dalton Grant and Mark Walters. Lewis Hamilton and Jessica Ennis-Hill picked up the sportsman and woman of the year […]

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