A young Sikh footballer had to have his religious bracelet removed with wire-cutters before the referee would allow the game to go ahead. Sonny Singh, 18, who plays in goal for West Didsbury and Chorlton FC, was told by match official Les Lever that it could be a danger on the pitch.
Sonny argued that it was an important symbol of his religion and hadn’t been off his wrist for seven years. He also pointed out that it would be covered by his goalkeeper’s gloves anyway. Sonny covered the bracelet with masking tape but the referee was unmoved and team-mates finally had to make a phone call to get someone to bring a set of wire-cutters to clip the metal band off. [Manc Evening News]
I don’t know where I stand on this. It would hardly be sacreliege to take it off for 90 minutes, on the other hand it posed no danger while being fully covered.
For the uninitiated, a kara is a steel bracelet – one of 5 Ks that baptised Sikhs are obliged to wear.
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