Malaysia 10-0 World Cup qualifier loss caused by spirits

Word was going around that Malaysia’s terrible loss in the World Cup qualifier was due to “paranormal beings”. Nope, said an official, paranormalism is a “spiritual virus” that caused the people to stray from teachings of Islam and blame evil spirits for the loss. In other words, Get your head in the Game.

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Terengganu’s former chief Shariah judge today panned a so-called “Islamic” medical expert’s claim that paranormal beings was a possible cause for Malaysia’s humiliating 10-0 loss to UAE in the World Cup qualifier.

Source: ‘Spiritual virus’ behind Malaysia’s paranormal obsession, ex-Shariah judge says

Datuk Ismail Yahya said the penchant for these Malaysians to fall back on such claims could be because they were infected with a “spiritual virus” inside them that made them resort to practices that were not consistent with the teachings of Islam.

Of course it just couldn’t be because they had an off day or even that they are not good enough. Let’s blame spirits instead, always a winning strategy! I’m no coach but I would bet that discipline and training is needed on the field instead of the religious kind. Such religious-based excuses are common via Pat Robertson in the US who blames various events on American’s bad behavior. It’s not helpful but it makes him feel self-righteous. And perhaps it takes the sting away from very human mistakes to blame higher beings or outside forces. But the former Shariah Court judge said Malaysia’s loss has nothing to do with that; let’s not use spirits as an excuse.

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  10 comments for “Malaysia 10-0 World Cup qualifier loss caused by spirits

  1. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    September 7, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    And how do they know their opponents weren’t helped by djinn?

  2. Barry
    September 7, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Southeast Asia is downright hopeless when it comes to superstitions. Every mishap is blamed on spirits or ghosts, and every windfall the result of wearing the right Buddha charm.

  3. Ronald H. Pine
    September 7, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Of course, what Pat Robertson thinks is bad behavior on the part of Americans is actually usually good or morally neutral behavior.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    September 7, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Of course it just couldn’t be because they had an off day or even that they are not good enough. Let’s blame spirits instead…

    How many times have we seen a winning team, player, or coach thank God for a victory? Only seems fair that He/She/It/Them take some heat for the losses. 😉

  5. Gary
    September 7, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    The Judge was talking about the people who thought that the team was influenced by the supernatural and was not commenting on the game at all.

  6. Tony
    September 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Datuk Ismail Yahya has inspired me to blame my beloved Boston Red Sox’s lousy year on a spiritual virus.

  7. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    September 8, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    I grew up a Red Sox fan during the Yaz days – trust me, its a recurring virus like shingles.

  8. jockmcdock
    September 9, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Having watched the 10-minute summary on YouTube, it’s pretty obvious that “paranormal beings” had nothing to do with it. More like a defence that was largely absent or moved with the speed of the Easter Island statues coupled with two goalies (they replaced the first one) who seemed unaware of what they were supposed to do.

  9. Ronald H. Pine
    September 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Gary: My understanding of this story agrees with yours. A “medical expert” said that the team lost because of paranormal beings. Then a former judge said that such a pronouncement, regarding “paranormal beings” causing such events, was false and indicative of a “spiritual virus” infecting the “medical expert” and some other members of the public, and that this was a straying from Islam. No one said, as the second sentence in the post above says, that the team lost because of a spiritual virus that caused them to stray from the teachings of Islam.

  10. September 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    “Word was going around that Malaysia’s terrible loss in the World Cup qualifier was due to “paranormal beings”. Nope, said an official, paranormalism is a “spiritual virus” that caused them to stray from teachings of Islam. In other words, Get your head in the Game.”

    Ok, I got it now:

    “… Nope, said an official, paranormalism is a “spiritual virus” that caused the people to stray from teachings of Islam and blame evil spirits for the loss. In other words, Get your head in the Game.”

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