Football fans who ripped up the Koran ‘like confetti’ convicted of public order offence

Two football fans who ripped up pages of the Koran, the Islamic holy book, “like confetti” at a game have been found guilty of a religiously-aggravated public order offence.

Middlesbrough supporters Julie Phillips, 50, and Gemma Parkin, 18, denied knowing the book was a copy of the Koran. Parkin told Birmingham Magistrates’ Court she was given the book at a Birmingham market and did not know what it was. Philips claimed she was simply trying to make “confetti” to throw during the game.


Passing sentence, court chairman Gordon Sayers said: “This was a very unpleasant offence and there was a degree of pre-planning involved.”

UK football fans and players distance British Muslims from supporting England in the European Cup

12 June 2012

Nooruddean Choudry of the Guardian, in his piece explains why racist motives included in the celebrations of the England fans and racist accusations against the team members make it difficult for British Muslims to support the national team. Choudry argues that references to the Crusades in England fans celebrations, which has been associated with bloody campaigns against Muslim lands in the name of Christianity, has indeed distanced Muslim fans from supporting the national team.

Leftists destroy German flags of Turkish-German football fans

Radical leftwing groups are currently on a crusade against German flags — displayed around the country in support of the German football team — to fight nationalism and stirring “Nazi-emotions” in the Germans. The irony of the battle is that most victims whose flags are destroyed or burnt are of Turkish or Arab background.
In Berlin, shop owner Ibrahim Bassal displayed a massive German flag reaching from the fifth floor nearly down to street level. Autonomists came to his shop and urged him to take it down, but he says: “He have been living and working in Germany for years, our kids are born here. What’s the problem? Of course we support Germany. What does that have to do with the Nazis?”