V Abdurahiman | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Malappuram: Sports minister V Abdurahiman has said that religion and football are two different things. The minister said admiring sports personalities is just a part of the emotion and it has nothing to do with religion. He made the remark when Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulama Qutba committee general secretary Nasar Faizy Koodathai's statement on football-crazy Muslim youth in Kerala triggered a row.
Football is one of the best ways to maintain physical fitness. The government is trying to bring more people into the sector, he added.
The minister also said that five lakh children are being given football coaching as part of the same.
He was talking about a Samastha leader’s remark that believers should not have too much enthusiasm for anything. Abdurahiman said people with knowledge of the matter, especially Samastha, would not say such things.
"Samastha leadership does not comment on such matters. There was no need to criticise the organisation for the remark. Samastha will examine the matter and take appropriate action," Abdurahiman said.
The minister added that he does not see a need for politicians to get involved in the matter.
Nasar Faizy Koodathayi, general secretary of the Qutba committee under the Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulama, had said that football should not become an addiction.
He expressed concern over football fans spending money on installing cutouts of football stars.