He was put under arrest by an examining magistrate on Monday for punching and kicking a terrorism expert outside the Brussels studios of RTL-TVi where the victim had taken part in a television talk show.
"Unable to tolerate behaviour that goes against democratic values, La Louviere club has decided to fire Mr R. Belabed," read a club statement that described his acts as "unacceptable and unjustified."
Belabed, a 24-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent, was waiting outside the studios when Claude Moniquet, a former journalist, walked out with a friend after the show, Controverse, which had hosted a discussion on terrorism.
"A man approached me. He was tense, nervous and said he wanted to talk to me," Moniquet, a writer on terrorism, told local tabloid La Derniere Heure.
"He said 'I don't like you. You are an enemy of Islam, a racist'."
Belabed hit him in the head and kicked him when he fell to the ground, Moniquet said, adding that he later had to be treated at a clinic for his injuries.
Headline and link courtesy Ali Dashti. From Reuters:Football is un-Islamic
Ulema in Saudia Arabia have issued a fatwa (religious decree) declaring football an un-Islamic sport, and have urged the youth to quit it immediately, BBC radio reported on Saturday. According to the report, the clerics urged the youth to indulge in jihad and other constructive activities that could help the Muslim ummah, the radio reported. The ulema argued that football wastes a lot of time and the participants wear shorts, which they said was an un-Islamic dress, the radio reported. Following the decree, some players of the famous Taif Football Club have quit the game, the report added.
From: The Daily Times
Five years ago, the dreary imams came out against women’s football, according to this BBC report:
Nigerian state 'bans' women's football
Women’s football has reportedly been banned by the authorities in Nigeria’s north-west state of Zamfara, following the recent imposition of Islamic Sharia law. The state director of sport Shehu Gusau was quoted as saying that women playing football was “unislamic”. “The sport is against the teachings of Islam,” he added.