It’s because the ‘shahada’ is written on the flag…
Pubs across Britain remove Saudi Arabia flags from World Cup bunting after offended Muslims complain that drinking is banned under Islam and the banner includes sacred text from the Koran
Thousands of pub landlords have had to rip out Saudi Arabia flags from strings of World Cup bunting (top right) after complaints from offended Muslims.
Brewery giant Greene King (one of their pubs in Bristol pictured left) supplied the decorations featuring the national flags of all 32 teams to celebrate the tournament, which starts on June 14.
But because the Saudi Arabia flag (bottom right) features the Arabic words from a sacred Islamic text – and drinking alcohol is banned under Islam – Muslims complained to the company that flying it outside pubs offended their religion.