|One of the man given 30 lashes by ISIS was wearing a Lionel Messi T shirt, according to reports|
Iraqi News reports that three young men were each given 30 lashes by ISIS for playing football. ISIS has reportedly banned people in occupied zones wearing football shirts.
The three men, one of who was wearing a Lionel Messi T shirt, were beaten in front of a crowd after what is believed to be the first arrests of the football-related crackdown.
A witness recounted: 'ISIS men arrested three young men for playing football, one player wearing a Messi shirt in Martyrs’ Park in downtown Mosul.
'ISIS militants have lashed every young man with 30 lashes in a public square in front of a crowd of people in central Mosul, as they are playing a game, which is prohibited in Islam.
'ISIS tore the T-shirt which carried Messi ‘s name.'