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The Foreigner Norwegian football officials turn down controversial Islamist’s referee bid. Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussain’s application disqualified due to contentious statements, Norway Football Association (NFF) say. Mr Hussain stands indicted for issuing threats against two journalists and an expert witness during the trial of Mullah Krekar, as well as Oslo’s Jewish Community. He has applied to resume his former refereeing hobby for the 2014 football season.

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Norwegian football officials turn down controversial Islamist’s referee bid

Published on Tuesday, 4th February, 2014 at 15:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussain’s application disqualified due to contentious statements, Norway Football Association (NFF) say.



Mr Hussain stands indicted for issuing threats against two journalists and an expert witness during the trial of Mullah Krekar, as well as Oslo’s Jewish Community.

He has applied to resume his former refereeing hobby for the 2014 football season.

Legal proceedings are still ongoing. However, Oslo district football (Oslo fotballkrets) officials make clear their decision “has no relation to this matter”, and have purely weighed up the application taking “the NFF's ethical guidelines and match rules” into account.

“The statements are numerous, and have been going on for a long time, and even up to recent times. They quite evidently break with the norms of conduct which Norwegian football demands of a referee. Statements by the referee that he intends to moderate them will not in themselves be sufficient to remedy this in the short-term,” the Board says in their statement, Tuesday.

An NFF official confirms to The Foreigner the Board has been conscious in their use of words.

The Board also cite Mr Hussain’s anti-egalitarian views regarding women participating in football, which they say he confirms continue.

Moreover, they state that the former referee has recognised that statements “using brutal words and linguistic portrayals are at the very least likely to cause players and officials considerable uncertainty and disquiet, whether this must have been intentional or not, especially for Jews and other non-Muslims, gays, women footballers, and persons from, or related to, Norwegian military service personnel abroad.”

“[These] statements are in violation of Norwegian football's views on both gender equal participation in sport, and [mean] that players cannot possess the necessary confidence in his impartiality.”

The Board concludes by saying they will not be using Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussain as a referee for the forthcoming season, and are considering revoking his licence due to his statements.

Mr Hussain tells NRK he does not take the decision personally, and claims the Board did not attempt to contact him to investigate matters further before making their decision.

He is now considering taking legal advice on the matter “as I believe I haven’t violated any guidelines [for Norwegian football], nor am I convicted under Norwegian law.”

Oslo fotballkrets is one of 18 districts part of the Norwegian Football Association.



Published on Tuesday, 4th February, 2014 at 15:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: islamicextremists, norwayfootball.





  
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