An international footballer who was deemed to have an ‘anti-Islamic’ haircut was taken off the pitch mid-game – so he could have a quick trim.
Waleed Abdullah was the latest victim in a crackdown on offensive ‘dos.
The goalkeeper for Al-Shabab – and Saudi national number one – was given a choice, to not play, or to play post-cut.
The footage, reportedly from 2012, shows the now-29-year-old being given a short back and sides in a cut which some reports claim lasted an hour.
The referee was the one nominated to make the adjustments to the cut, snipping a small mohawk off at the front to make the style acceptable.
Authorities were reportedly concerned violated an Islamic hadith on haircuts that display “al-Qiza”, according to Albawaba.
The style has parts of the hair shaved and other parts left long.
Wahhabism, the form of Sunni Islam practiced in the Kingdom, dictates social and cultural aspects of life.
In recent years, Saudi authorities told thousands of applicants for government jobs they risk not getting a role if they wear ‘improper clothes’ or have a ‘weird haircut’,reports Emirates 24/7 .