Riyadh, 2 April (AKI) – Swiss football referee Massimo Busacca vowed he would wear a whistle with the Swiss Cross symbol on it during of the Saudi championship on Wednesday, despite anger voiced in the Kingdom at the ‘crusader’ item.
“I have respect for all religions, including Islam, but I don’t see anything offensive in this and am optimistic. I will not give up my ‘crusader’ whistle,” he told pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat.
Many in Saudi Arabia had called for Busacca to sport a different whistle to avoid offending Muslims. He has previously refereed several soccer matches in the Kingdom.
The Swiss Cross is Switzerland’s national flag and also forms the world famous Swiss army knife logo.
So anyone with a cross on their national flag would be expcted to not have their national flag on display so as not to offend the sensibilities of the Saudis? Anyone read enough Arabic to know what the Saudi Flag has written on it? Any non-Moslems hear that as their last words?
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