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Female Saudi fan banned for entering stadium

SAUDI-WOMANJEDDAH, December 14- A female fan who disguised herself to infiltrate the male-only domain of a football stadium in Saudi Arabia has been red-carded, a police statement obtained on Sunday says.

Men and women are strictly segregated in the kingdom, and football stadiums are out of bounds to women.

But one female supporter managed to sneak into a Friday fixture of the Abdul Latif Jameel Saudi professional league at Al-Jawhara stadium in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

She wore men’s clothes “and deliberately covered her head so as not to be detected by security and not to draw attention,” police spokesman Atti al-Qurashi said in the statement.

A video posted on YouTube purported to show her sitting by herself among some empty seats in a section reserved for fans of the visiting Al-Shabab club from the capital Riyadh.

A man nearby appears to be looking intently at the woman who sported glasses and black attire. She seemed to be wearing a large hat with a scarf in Al-Shabab’s black and white colours for the match against Jeddah’s Al-Ittihad.

Qurashi said the presence of the woman, who bought her ticket online, was “against the regulations”.

He did not elaborate on whether she would face any charges but said her case “has been forwarded to the specialised authorities.”

He also “confirmed the need to comply with the instructions and regulations issued by the official authorities with regard to this matter.”

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Saudi women, required to cover from head to toe when outside the home, still need permission from a male guardian to work and marry.

Restaurants are divided into “family sections” and separate areas for single men.

Saudi Arabia is also the world’s only country which does not allow women to drive, and those who challenge the ban risk arrest.

The ultra-conservative Salafist tradition of Islam is predominant in the kingdom, where it applies to both religious and political life.

Al-Shabab won the match 1-0.

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  1. Sage

    January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    MMmmmm busy bee,

  2. Tomi

    January 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    when we are done with this maybe the president and other VIP’s who routinely drive us off the road and keep grabbing camera’s etc of journalists and damaging the content

  3. Ja

    January 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    He must have been a man from central kenya!!! Quit the politics..

    • Anonymous

      January 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Crap………………….!!! This has nothing to do with siasa, its about katibu you moron

      • Ja

        January 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Now whats katibu???I dont reply to perveted ignorants

      • Charlie

        January 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  4. Oludavin

    January 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Where was this hypocrite Peter Gichira Solomon , when LUCY KIBAKI stomed standard media? I mean let us be honest and compare what Nancy did and what the first lady did, slaping journalists etc and it was live yet nothing happened. I think we have become more tribal than Kenyans.

    • Youarewrong

      January 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      You are confusing issues. The First Lady was not interviewed or elected to her position. She is a First Lady because she is the president’s wife and cannot therefore be ‘ejected’ from office unless you want to file a case to divorce her from the President which is illogical. The standard for a Deputy CJ is even much higher than that of the Executive because she is supposed to arbitrate over political and legal disputes. The PEV was because half the country did not trust the judiciary, not because of Lucy slapping people as wrong as that was.

    • charlie

      January 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      sounds archaic was the new constitution in place you don’t ask such  questions where were you then yourself you seem to condone the uncouth occurrence in Kiambu county shame on you!!!!!

    • Enos1977

      January 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Be Kenyan bwana and stop playing around> Where do you live.

    • Info

      January 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Lucy was before the new constitution, and is not an office bearer. Just the wife of one. You could petition the president to divorce her constitutionally!

    • ChatWithEd

      January 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

      It is annoying how you Oludavin (amongst other very shocking ones like you; and they’re very many online) miss the whole point, so well articulated by this author! You are clouding the judgement (you actually completely lack PERSPECTIVE = “The
      ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or
      comparative importance”,…
      to a country like Kenya, who is more important, the spouse of a
      President, a non-elective and non-constitutional position, OR a
      constitutional office bearer with security of tenure, esp. THE principal
      protector of fairness and justice (and hence the name Chief!), a Deputy
      (and potentially the) Chief Justice????! You trivialize such an important national issue!!! Where was the issue of tribe before you mentioned it! You’re simply ridiculous! Go pray for wisdom.

  5. Gunigugu12

    January 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    The writer of this article quotes the accuser after writing verbatim what she said.. this is very poor writing.

    • ChatWithEd

      January 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Gunigug12 I disagree. The author’s point is very clear and concise… And where is your excellent version so we can compare! This author is doing something for the poor, down-trodden, taxpaying, suffering Kenyans (like I and Kerubo), what have you done for Kenya today?

  6. doublem

    January 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    This is the litmus test for the judiciary under the new constitution. Will the CJ pick the gauntlet and set an example that judicial impunity will not be tolerated? we are watching closely.

  7. Enos1977

    January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    she lacks passion thereby falling into the dark days of ruling by fear and terror. Well let her carry her own cross.

  8. Anonymous

    January 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    The question I ask myself is; Where is the security company in all this? Why are they letting the guard chase this on her own?

    • ChatWithEd

      January 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Valid question sir. I think they’re taking cover, awaiting the outcome (as we are all). This is, as the author puts it, the true litmus test – nobody is sure how this will go. Am sure you and I know how it should go,… but in Kenya the impossible become possible, ukno! They should have come out strongly for her, even given her a promotion. Kerubo’s CV just got fired up, she may just get hired by some embassy, the UN, etc, who knows…

  9. Munyasia

    January 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    The term Honorable is attached to people who are supposed to act in an honorable manner. The Deputy CJJ does not qualify for this post due to her conduct. She should resign promptly.

  10. Maggie

    January 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

    What are the contacts for the judiciary I am sending a Counter Petition? There is a double standard in Kenya in how male and females are viewed in application of Law. Why are Uhuru and Ruto still in Government while they have active cases at the ICC? What the Deputy CJ did is not grounds for removal from office. get me the address and emails.

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