Waleed Abdullah is a world-class soccer player who has for years defended the goal of Saudi Arabia’s national team. That record of service wasn’t quite enough for Saudi soccer officials at a recent home match in Riyadh, however. Abdullah was kept from entering the pitch due to his unacceptable haircut.
Almost invisible in the videos I’ve watched of the incident, he apparently sported the tiniest mohawk. Allah disapproves, Abdullah was told, and so two hastily summoned men with scissors set to work on the goalie’s hair, removing fractions of an inch (if that) of his already stubbly growth.