Monday, June 28, 2010

World Cup

World Cup soccer player banned from talking about his rosary to the media

The greatest event in sports is captivating an audience numbered in the billions with displays of passion rivaling the most fervent among the religious faithful.

Prayers are offered; some silently, some aloud with great fervor.

I don't know if any of you are watching the World Cup. England striker Wayne Rooney was blocked from discussing his religious beliefs by a Football Association official at the World Cup.

Rooney had offered an insight into his Catholic faith by explaining why he wears a prominent cross and rosary beads around his neck when he's not playing.

He said: "I've been wearing them for about four years now and you don't usually watch training (to see them.) I obviously can't wear them in games. It's my religion."

That prompted a further question.

But Mark Whittle, the FA's head of media relations, interrupted Rooney in the off-camera briefing by saying: "We don't do religion."