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Salafist fatwa warns Egyptians not to watch World Cup, angering fans

The former head of the Salafist Nour Party instructed listeners not to watch World Cup matches.

CAIRO — A Salafist sheikh in Egypt has banned watching soccer matches as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is in full swing.

The former head of the Salafist Nour Party, Younes Makhyoun, said in a Nov. 27 Facebook video that “watching the World Cup matches is a waste of time, and Muslims will be held accountable for the hours they wasted on the Day of Judgment.”

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