Muslim Imams and Christian Priests to Play Interfaith Soccer Game

May 4, 2006


On May 4, 2006 reported, "Muslim imams and Christian priests will play on Saturday, May 6, in an unprecedented friendly officiated by three Jewish referees to help promote inter-faith understanding. The 60-minute march will bring together eight players from each side and will be played in a Berlin high school. The friendly is organized by the Church of Berlin and Brandenbourg and the Church of Berlin-Wilmersdorf. This is the first such inter-faith friendly to be played in German, though a similar one was played in Britain in January of this year... The pre-World Cup friendly is part of an initiative running in tandem with a conference organized by the British embassy in Berlin on integration, racism and football. 'Football, thanks to its appeal and popularity, can enrich our society and break down barriers,' the embassy said in on its website."