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Gary Lineker Refers To Muslim Prayer Goal Celebration As ‘Eating Grass’ On Al Jazeera TV (Video)

By Chris Wright

Summing up the midweek Champions League action for Al Jazeera – we’ll say that again, AL JAZEERA – host Gary Lineker was suddenly struck by the compulsion to refer to Montpellier pair Karim Ait-Fana and Younes Belhanda’s Muslim prayer goal celebration – made popular over here by the likes of Demba Ba – as ‘eating grass’…

The comment, unsurprisingly, didn’t go down overly well with the Muslim contingent of Al Jazeera’s audience, and Lineker took to Twitter to apologise-without-apologising shortly after…

Once again, AL JAZEERA.

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By Chris on October 5th, 2012 in Champions League, FAIL, Media, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

16 Responses to “Gary Lineker Refers To Muslim Prayer Goal Celebration As ‘Eating Grass’ On Al Jazeera TV (Video)”

  1. Zam says:

    What a fucking tit!

  2. NathanM says:

    Al-Ja-bloody-zera. Moron.

  3. Mr. Chopper says:

    He might as well have said, “They all look the same any way.”

  4. Jesus says:

    Spot on!

  5. plops says:

    No one’s asking him to know every players’ religion, like he says. But when someone celebrates like they did, it kind of gives away their religion. What a plonker. He’s better at selling crisps anyway.

  6. Wilma says:

    Not a big deal.

  7. Fnarf says:

    You don’t have to be aware of every player’s religion to be aware of the religion of your employer or a large number of your viewers.

    The possibility presents itself that Mr. Lineker is not very bright. A fridge bulb with the door closed. A birthday candle at the end of its wick. A Christmas light unplugged. A stupid, thoughtless man.

  8. juan lunair says:

    so Partridge!

  9. :) says:

    who gives a fuck? if someone said something like that about my religion i wouldn’t care – why is there so much fuss made when it’s muslim?

  10. dbm says:

    just a joke that backfired.

  11. sporting says:

    as a muslim i dint find it offensive, just a little weird ;-)

  12. Rashaad says:

    Wow, ok you really don’t have to be aware of every prayer’s religion… Just don’t instinctively undermine every gesture that looks “foreign” to you. Next thing you know he’d be mocking Yuto Nagatomo’s Japanese bow goal-celebration and “I’m sorry but I’m not aware of every nation’s culture”. C’mon now.

  13. wolfinho says:

    lineker might have shat in that grass, so be careful.

  14. Jarren says:

    @juan lunair: Exactly! Knowing gaze to co-presenter, co-presenter staring at floor, moving swiftly on…

  15. Herman says:

    Epic fail from Mr. Lineker.

  16. jean says:

    Time to join the 21st century Gary – we’ve now realised you need to respect other people who aren’t the same as you

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