Well, everybody makes mistakes.
Still, before jumping to conclusions
on the basis of an old recording
and in particular, before appearing on the radio to say that Saudi players might be in danger
might it have been a good idea to check properly with the apparently threatened players themselves?
Because if you did...
Email, 21 January 2016 to Saudifirstname.lastname@example.org...you'll be better informed than if you didn't
Apologies for writing in English but I do not know Arabic.
It has been reported today that "Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti has ruled that chess is forbidden in Islam".
I wondered if this report is correct or whether it is true that this report in fact relates to an old story I also wondered what effect, if any, this statement by the grand mufti has on Saudi chess.
Email, 21 January 2016 from Saudiemail@example.com would save you having to go into reverse
Thank you very much for your concern. The subject referred to an old TV recording and in general all sports can fall into being religiously illegal once it involve gambling, directing players from religious duties (prayers) etc and of course creating hatred between the competitors and so on while those values are agreed on in the muslim world. More, all our activities are run as planned.
Yaser Al Otaibi General Secretary
Still it's not like Nigel was the only one. Some people were still putting the story about after it had been debunked.
And at least Nigel could be bothered to retract.
[Thanks to Jo Webb]
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