Gift of footballs from United States offends Afghans inadvertently
Monday, August 27, 2007
The Afghanistan when it distributed , which had been printed with images of flags from around the world. One of the flags of which contains the , one of the . Critics say that this is offensive. As a result, a protest in the of south east Afghanistan took place, where 100 people attended.has been accused of offending people in
One Afghan MP, Mirwais Yasini said, "To have a verse of the Koran on something you kick with your foot would be an insult in any Muslim country."
The U.S. forces in Afghanistan indicated the balls were meant to be a gift to Afghan children. A spokeswoman said, "Unfortunately, there was something on those footballs we didn't immediately understand to be offensive and we regret that as we do not want to offend."
This is not the first time the flag has been used on a football. In 2002, there were protests when a planned football was to contain the Saudi Arabia flag for the.