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CAF will not punish Wakaso for ‘Allah is Great’ celebration

Posted On Monday, 28th January 2013

Mubarak Wakaso will not be punished by CAF

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso is unlikely to be punished by CAF over the words on his T-shirt during his celebration in last week 2013 Africa Cup of Nations match.

Wakaso was booked for displaying a slogan when he lifted up his jersey to reveal “Allah is Great” emblazoned on his T-shirt during the match against Mali on Thursday in Port Elizabeth.

His celebration, when he pulled his team shirt over his face to reveal the words ‘Allah is Great!’ on a T-shirt underneath, was feared could have more repercussions for Ghana.

But CAF officials at the tournament in South Africa have been reluctant to answer GHANAsoccernet.com questions over the issue as several players in the past have celebrated using religious slogans.

Brazilian star Kaka was pictured in the past to have worn a T-shirt with the words: ‘I belong Jesus’ which was not published.

South African star Steven Pienaar has also celebrated with a ‘God is Great’ message emblazoned on his T-shirt during a match but was not punished.

As such CAF could be accused of religious bias if they take action against the Ghana star Wakaso who received a yellow card for the incident.

The yellow card was already his second of the group stage to leave him facing a one-match suspension, although it wasn’t clear if it was for pulling off his shirt or for the message underneath.

Either way, FIFA rules also don’t allow players to display political or religious slogans on the field.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Unknown says:

    He got lucky which is very good news. Now let’s move on and hope for a good display against Niger today!

  2. Tanko says:

    Well… Some of us already know that CAF dare punish anyone for affirming their faith in joy or sadness. We are all glad that they (CAF) are not going to punish the youngster for affirming hi faith and appreciating what his CREATOR have done for him. However, the youngster must be careful for, CAF has its rules and regulations that governs the beautiful game. Kudos WAKASO! and The Ghana Black Stars. Long Live Ghana

  3. Tanko says:

    @Unknown:He can’t be punished for that! If you read the above post you’ll realized that it has happened before and its going to happened many times because about 80% of the players in the world are religious and for that reason, no one should be punished for affirming and appreciating their faith and their CREATOR!

  4. luk says:

    Good ,i thought soo because it will be the gratest surprise of the centry if he is purnish for displaying God is grate. God is great ,yes he is. good luck mubarak wakaso and God be the helper for black stars

  5. oky says:

    I think you guys should read the law of the GAME

    WAKASO was not booked for the writings in his under-shirt but rather for covering his face – masking is not allowed in football celebrations.

    the referee will write in his after game notes that – WAKASO displaced some writing and as such CAF should investigate.

    he was booked for covering his face not because he displayed that “Allah is Great”

    Don’t turn this into a religious thingy…come on guys…read the laws of the game if u want to be a great sports journalist.

  6. Tanko says:

    @peace: For your information, Allah is the same God the Christians believed in. Allah is the God of Abraham whom the arabians called Ibrahim, God of Moses and whom the arabians called Musah and so on and so forth. Learn others religions and you ll be the happiest. Cheers





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