Funny but true! Shortly before a football match in Saudi Arabia, an international goalkeeper was instructed have a proper haircut in conformity to laws guiding the country.
A video posted online on Friday showed the player being given a last-minute haircut before a match to comply with Saudi Football Federation guidelines. Two officials, including the referee, armed with a pair of scissors, quickly cut slightly flowing hair on the skull of the goalkeeper before he was allowed to go on the field.
Guidelines were also sent this week to the federations and the Olympic committee to “curb al-qazaa phenomenon,” referring to the exuberant cuts in stadiums and gyms.
“This is contrary to Islam and the traditions of the kingdom,” wrote a commentator in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah, calling the Football Federation to “impose sanctions” on recalcitrant players whose “bizarre cuts are imitated by their fans in schools. “
The Saudi kingdom, where many foreign professional players play is governed by Wahhabism, a rigid version of Islamic law.
As reported by Emirate 24/7 in recent years, Saudi authorities has told thousands of applicants for government jobs in the country that they stand a risk not getting a role if they wear ‘improper clothes’ or have a ‘weird haircut.’
Known as the birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia is home to the religion’s two most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. Riyadh, the capital and main financial hub is a skyscraper-filled metropolis.
It should be recalled that President Buhari has paid substantial visit to Saudi Arabia; for pilgrimage and other economic purposes including both leaders (President Buhari and King Abdul-Aziz) quest for the stability of oil market and rebound of oil price for better economy in both countries.