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Super Eagles Star Odion Ighalo Booked For Thanking Jesus While Celebrating Goal

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Odion Ighalo

Super Eagles forward who plies his trade with Chinese club Changchun Yatai F.C. Odion Ighalo reveals the reason behind is booking during Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier versus Cameroon in Uyo.

The 28 year old striker said he was booked by Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha because he publicly displayed a religious message on his T-shirt after scoring the opening goal.

Following the booking, Nigeria is also likely be sanctioned if the incident is included in the match report, as it against FIFA rule to display any unauthorized political, religious or commercial messages on shirts in a football match.

‘’He told me that the message on my shirt was about religion because it’s ‘thank you Jesus’,” the striker said.

FIFA amended its with the change of its president and religious, commercial or political messages can no longer be displayed by players during a football match. As a result of the yellow card, the former Watford star will automatically be suspended for one game if he gets booked in today’s clash against the Indomitable Lions in Yaounde.

Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses and captain Obi Mikel are also one card away from a suspension.

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