Muslim clerics in Malaysia say the legendary soccer club, affectionately called the Red Devils by fans, promotes Satan, and Muslims should pick another team to root for.
Having tens of millions of fans throughout Asia apparently doesn't
matter to the clerics, who said,
"It will erode our belief in Islam. There is no reason why we as
should wear such jerseys, either for sports or fashion reasons."
Another cleric told Man Utd's Asian fans, "You are only promoting the
But United shouldn't feel alone. Clerics also told Muslims that wearing soccer shirts for Spanish club FC Barcelona and for the national teams of Brazil, Serbia and Portugal is un-Islamic because they have crosses on them.
If you don't follow super conservative edicts, and you're still on the fence about attending Sunday's Man Utd-KC Wizards match at Arrowhead, see the video below. It's highlights of the Red Devils' game earlier this week against MLS' Philadelphia Union. It was a hell of a match, with United players (who are using the games to get in shape for their regular season) looking like they were having a hard practice, and the Union (the MLS' newest team) looking like they were playing for their lives. It struck the perfect balance.