Friday, September 29, 2006
It’s a jihad against the West (Coast Eagles):
The spiritual leader of Australia’s Muslims, Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly, has joined in the football grand final fever hype - and he’s backing the Sydney Swans all the way.
The mufti was disappointed when his NRL team - the Canterbury Bulldogs - did not make it to the grand final and is now relying on the Sydney Swans to redeem the state’s sporting reputation.
The self-confessed avid sports fan said he wanted the Swans to bring the cup home again this year.
Wearing a Sydney Swans scarf over his traditional Islamic dress robe, the mufti was not afraid to show off his athletic skills by kicking a ball around in Lakemba in Sydney’s west this week.
In other jihad news, Fremantle fans are also aligned with Sydney. Check their poll. For what it’s worth, I’m tipping a West Coast blowout win.