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Football player Kanoute refuses to wear gambling logo

Kanoute refuses to wear gambling logo

Madrid- Sevilla striker Omar "Freddie" Kanoute is refusing to carry publicity for the club sponsor, online gambling firm 888, citing religious reasons. "Alcoholic drinks and gambling are just the dirty work of Satan and are forbidden by the Koran," Kanoute said Monday.

UEFA champions Sevilla signed a lucrative contract this summer to carry shirt publicity with a multinational internet gambling corporation.

Mali forward Kanoute insisted he would wear a gambling-free shirt.

He added that he was "very pleased that Sevilla seem to understand my position, and are not obliging me to wear this shirt."

For those who dont follow football, Omer 'Freddy' Kanoute is a striker, used to play in the premier league with Tottenham Hotspur & West Ham.

Born in Lyons in 1977, he played for a while in French clubs before crossing the Channel, initially signing up for West Ham.

Omer attended the prize giving ceremony organised by the Amal Trust in London in December 2003, where he encouraged young persons to engage in sport and to retain their religious values.

Omer's family connections are with Mali.

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