Selling off European culture and tradition for thirty pieces of silver.
(The Cutting Edge) –The top-ranked football team in Spain, Real Madrid, has removed a Christian cross from its official logo as a way to strengthen its fan base among Muslims in Europe and the Middle East. According to Spainâ€™s top sports newspaper, Marca, the change was made to â€œavoid any form of confusion or misinterpretation in a region where the majority of the population is Muslim.â€
Real Madrid says its decision to remove the cross from its logo is simply a cost of doing business in a globalized world.
[Cost of business in a gloalized world /selling your soul to Islamic heathens, tomato - tomahto]
But critics say the move represents yet another erosion of European culture and tradition in the face of encroaching Islam.
The cross controversy comes as Real Madrid begins to build a $1 billion sports tourist resort in the United Arab Emirates. The foundation stone for the 50 hectare Real Madrid Resort Island was laid in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah on March 29; the complex is scheduled to open in January 2015.
As part of the agreement, however, the ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr al Qasimi, required Real Madrid to remove the cross from the crown on its logo for all promotional materials related to the resort island. The president of Real Madrid, Florentino PÃ©rez, dutifully complied.
The cross was first added to Real Madridâ€™s logo in 1920, when King Alfonso XIII granted the club his royal patronage. The word Real is Spanish for royal, and the cross still forms an integral part of the coat of arms of the King of Spain.
Which Spanish Football club can bow the lowest to Allah FUAR competition:
To be sure, Real Madrid is not the first Spanish football club to remove a cross from its logo in an effort to appease Muslim sensibilities. Some observers, in fact, say Real Madridâ€™s move is part of a concerted effort to prevent rival team FC Barcelona from winning over the Middle East.
FC Barcelona recently signed a five-year, â‚¬150 million ($200 million) shirt sponsorship deal with the Doha-based Qatar Foundation, a so-called charitable trust that has been accused by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo of providing funding to the extremist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an advocate of terrorism, wife beating, and murderous anti-Semitism. The agreement permits the Qatar Foundation to place its logo on FC Barcelonaâ€™s official team shirt.