Salafi clerics in Egypt and Saudi Arabia are reported to have issued fatwas in the wake of people finding something to temporarily distract them from their otherwise miserable lives.
Yes, watching football has been deemed haram, apparently falling in with other forms of futile and unproductive entertainment according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
While voices of reasons have emerged from Al Azhar in the past saying that these men are spewing nonsense, the Salafi clerics may have a point; all those sweaty mean wearing shorts above the knee while jostling, pushing and touching each other - it's nothing short of obscene.
These warped ramblings are nothing new, though; some two years ago, Egyptian Salafi sheikh, Abu Ishaq Al Heweny, made a similar attack on sports, stating that "every game one plays is futile except for archery, training one’s horse and playing with one’s wife [like the Prophet Muhammad]."
True story. He really did say that.