Muslim nations should band together to boycott Western countries if they fail to criminalise “insulting” the Islamic prophet Mohammed, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday. Amid growing tension between Pakistan and France over the controversy of supposedly blasphemous cartoons satirising Mohammed, Khan has called for a coalition of 50 Muslim countries to launch a trade war against countries that hide behind “freedom of speech”. “When 50 Muslim countries will unite and say this, and say that if something like this happens in any country, then we will launch a trade boycott on them and not buy their goods, that will have an effect,” the Pakistani leader said per Al Jazeera. “We need to explain why this hurts us, when in the name of freedom of speech they insult the honour of the prophet,” Khan added. In comments reported by the Pakistani newspaper The Nation , the Prime Minister said that the “West does not understand,” saying: “They do not even love the … [Read more...] about Pakistan Urges Muslim Trade War Against West for Allowing ‘Insulting the Prophet’ Blasphemy
(CNN) UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the "shameless" plans for a new European Super League (ESL) are akin to taking "football hostage." Speaking to CNN Sport contributor Darren Lewis, Ceferin did not hold back on the proposals which threaten to rock the foundations of the sport but was confident the new league would not be a success. "Because we [UEFA] respect the fans, the traditions, football, the football community, our society, we will win. In the end, we will win," Ceferin says. "If 12 people want to meet to take football hostage, just to fill their pockets that are already so full that it's hard to put anything in, they can't win. Long term, they can't win." In a joint announcement Sunday, six English clubs -- Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur -- alongside three teams from Italy -- AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus -- and three from Spain -- Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and … [Read more...] about UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says those clubs planning a new Super League are ‘taking football hostage’
(CNN) Football fans, politicians and governing bodies are united in fury after 12 of the sport's biggest teams announced plans to breakaway from European football competitions and form their own "Super League" -- a move that poses an existential threat to the world's favorite sport. Here's a rundown of what you need to know about the plans, and why they matter. What is it? It is potentially the biggest ever shake up of European club football . On Sunday, 12 of the largest -- and wealthiest -- football clubs in the world announced their intention to launch a European Super League (ESL). Read More The league would feature 20 clubs, which would include 15 founding teams, who would be permanent members. A further five clubs would qualify annually based on their achievements in the previous season. It's unclear whether those five clubs would be relegated from the ESL regardless of performance. Who is involved? The clubs … [Read more...] about What is the new European Super League and how will it work?
London (CNN Business) A dozen of Europe's top soccer clubs have agreed to form a breakaway league , producing howls of indignation from the sport's governing bodies, the elected leaders of France and Britain, and legions of their own fans . Why make such an unpopular move? Money, of course. The announcement of the European Super League on Sunday has kicked off a fierce power struggle that could upend the economics of European football. The battle pits the billionaire owners of the league's 12 founding teams, which are among the richest clubs in the world, and Wall Street's biggest bank, against pretty much everyone else. Aleksander Čeferin, president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), told reporters on Monday that the breakaway clubs are "fueled purely by greed." 'Important we stand our ground': Players and fans condemn European Super League "Super League is only about money, money of the dozen, I don't want to … [Read more...] about The breakaway European Super League is all about big money