Gary Lineker, a former British footballer offended Muslim footballers performing ‘Sajada’ after a goal. Gary termed Muslim players as “eating grass”.
He later apologized on his Twitter account and said “I’m sorry but I’m not aware of every player’s religion.”
According to an Al-Arabiya report, Lineker was a guest speaker at the Doha-based Al-Jazeera television to comment on a football game between Schalka of Germany and Montpellier of France in the UEFA Champions League.
Karim Ait-Fana and Younes Belhanda scored for the French team and the game ended in a 2-2 draw, Al-Arabiya reported. Celebrating the goals, the two Muslim players prostrated to the ground.
On which Lineker marked his comments that they are eating grass.
"A terrific effort from Karim Ait-Fana, who scored from just outside the area and then ate grass...as you do," the retired footballer said.
The offensive remark made my Lineker sparked anger among viewers, with many writing angry comments on Lineker’s account.
Lineker is a sports broadcaster for the BBC and other sports channels, however, he was a guest commentator at that time.
Meanwhile the BBC distanced itself from sports presenter’s remarks, saying the matter only concerned Al-Jazeera, the channel he was working for at the time.
Muslim fans have criticized the British footballer for offending their religious sensitivities.
According to Muslim scholars, such type of sujud, one prostration only, is an aspect of thanksgiving.
With a growing number of Muslim players and converts in the UEFA Champions League, prostration is no longer a strange scene in the European fields.
Siasat News with Al-Arabiya inputs