Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hassan Shehata is a Dimwit

Hassan Shehata, the Egyptian soccer team coach said that he only wants players who observe Islam, and said his team selection is based equally on religious piety and skill.

I have neve heard such bullshit in my life from a soccer coach. Footballers in general are not known for their above average intelligence and I guess this shows how religious conservatism in Egypt has spread to very alarming levels among retards like Shehata.

First of all, the game of football can be seriously harmed by such stupidity because potentially players who are talented and skilled will be excluded from the national team (or other teams) because they are not "religious" enough.

It is also discriminatory against players who have the right to be as religious or unreligious as they fucking well please. Why should an atheist footballer's career suffer because of his convictions?

And who is the coach to judge how religious the players are? A soccer coach's area of experise is supposed to be the tactics and techniques of football and not religion and heaven & hell shit.

If this was to happen in any civilized place, Shehata would have been sacked immediately and sent to a loonie hospital.

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  • Before accusing Shehata like that you should look into it if he actually said it or it was taken out of context or perhaps something was lost in translation (knowing that this was published in an Italian newspaper). It's unlike any Egyptian coach to say something like this, and it's also unlikely that Shehata is that retarded to come out saying it. I remember that during a WC qualification match in Ramadan he tried to force some players to break their fast to be able to play with full energy--hardly the actions of a religious fanatic, more of a disciplined athlete. Anyway, Shehata replied against these accusations and said what he meant was "moral values and discipline"; and I think he probably meant things like "national loyalty" considering that many players during his reign as a coach were acting like primadonnas trying to put themselves ahead of the national team like Ahmed Mido, Mohamed Zidan, Shikabala...etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 11:53 PM, January 16, 2010  

  • Er, also isn't it somewhat ridiculous that the Egyptian team was accused of "indulging" themselves during the Confederations cup in South Africa, and now few months later it's a team lead by a hard-ass religious fanatic in Angola? Some turnaround. The old moral is: Don't believe everything you read.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:05 AM, January 17, 2010  

  • Nothing lost in translation. You can read what he said in Arabic:


    By Blogger zabinzo, At 12:22 AM, January 17, 2010  

  • Yeah, al-Masry al-Youm is a reliable source of information.... If you look closely you'll discover how much contradicted everything you read or hear in the news. Some South African newspapers had photos and conversations with prostitutes that involved the likes of Abou Terika (supposedly the most pious player in the world)....then it was said in Egyptian newspapers that there was a dispute between Ahmed Hasan and Shehata because the later was trying to force him to break his fast for the match against Rwanda. Now in Angola we hear that Shehata picks his squad based on religious piety, and that he even coaxes some of them to pray.

    If anyone reads all these news (which were all documented in the span of few months) and doesn't find something very fishy, then they're probably gullible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 11:20 AM, January 17, 2010  

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