By Steve Dellar   |  05-12-2018   News
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Over here in Europe, the countdown towards the world cup has started. With all major European soccer countries bar Holland and Italy qualified, that means a golden time for supermarkets and television channels as customers go crazy for all gadgets and goods related to their team.

Clients won’t mind buying several crates of beer for a heftier price as long as they come with a picture of their favourite player or their team’s flag. In fact, it is estimated that the non-participation of Holland, for example, costs them about 1% of their GDP this year. In Italy the first non-participation of their own team in 50 years or so will even be costlier, but no one even dares to calculate that one.

Breweries know about this spending craze for all things World Cup very well and thus a local Mannheim beer producer named Eichbaum had printed the flags of all participating countries on the caps of its bottles. With a market of some 80 million Germans, a gadget more or less couldn’t hurt they thought.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Either ignorance or attention seeking, both reasons don&#39;t justify such a &quot;mistake&quot;. &amp; yes it is a big deal. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RespectDifferences?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RespectDifferences</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eichbaum?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#eichbaum</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaudiArabia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SaudiArabia</a> <a href="https://t.co/ra8NNquKpU">pic.twitter.com/ra8NNquKpU</a></p>&mdash; LeenRF (@LeenFaiisal) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeenFaiisal/status/995028331081994242?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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That was until social media users noticed that the flag of Saudi Arabia, which also participates this time round, was featured on a bottle of beer. Given that the Saudi flag features the Islamic creed and alcoholic beverages are forbidden in Islam, many voiced their concern on social media immediately.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saudi ���� on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/German?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#German</a> beer bottle cap disturbs Muslims. Outcry forces brewery to take it down.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eichbaum?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eichbaum</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaudiArabia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SaudiArabia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Germany?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Germany</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FifaWorldCup2018?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FifaWorldCup2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/6n8H7CsHXG">pic.twitter.com/6n8H7CsHXG</a></p>&mdash; Nethead Pakistan (@NetheadPakistan) <a href="https://twitter.com/NetheadPakistan/status/995181865869955073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Eichbaum, like most German commentators on social media, didn’t really see the problem given that Saudi Arabia was just one of the 32 participating countries and at first tried with a simple excuse.

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In a Facebook post on Wednesday, they stated: "Dear Muslims, We are not interested in religious or political comments — certainly not on our products. If we have unintentionally offended you, we sincerely apologize."

However, the brewery’s internet page was as from that moment filled with one-star reviews and comments stating that their bottle insulted Islam and they should be ashamed.

By Friday afternoon, the Mannheim brewery stated: "The discussion around the Saudi Arabian bottle caps took on a form that overstepped the boundaries of freedom of expression," and then decided to cancel the whole production of those beer bottles made especially for the world cup.

Source:

https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article176278653/Saudi-Arabien-Aufruhr-wegen-Islam-Glaubensbekenntnis-auf-Bierdeckel.html

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Bob Baker No. 25843 1526138280

islam must fuck off~

Bruce Wayne No. 25866 1526167847

Islam sucks big time…get those freaks out of our lands

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