No one is immune from ISIS. And, soccer, is considered “unIslamic.” In fact, ISIS banned all organized sports when it invaded Raqqa, Syria two years ago, and also in Iraq.
Last year, ISIS executed 13 teenagers in Mosul, Iraq, because they were caught watching soccer on television. Teenage boys were killed– for watching the Asian Cup soccer match– in which their team, Iraq, was playing Jordan.
This year, in Syria, four professional soccer players from the Al-Shbab team were beheaded in front of a group of people, including children.
Prior to ISIS, fans of the Al-Shbab team watched them play in Raqqa’s largest stadium.
The Mirror reports that these four young men were accused of “spying for the Kurdish YPG.” No jury, no trial, no defense, no judge. The only judge, jury, and execution, was ISIS. And because ISIS deemed them guilty of a crime they unlikely did not commit, they were not sentenced to prison, but to death, for playing soccer.
The players who were murdered are: Osama Abu Kuwait, Ihsan Al Shuwaikh, Nehad Al Hussein, and Ahmed Ahawakh. Another man was also killed, but his identity is unknown.
The human rights activist group, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently tweeted photos of the men.