“We have to be careful with regions of the Gulf where there is sensitivity about products that have a cross.”
Of course. But where do Muslims ever display a similar sensitivity to non-Muslims? The old adage always holds: when in Muslim countries, conform your behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. When in non-Muslim countries, conform your behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities.
Real Madrid initially did this in 2012. This is just follow-through.
“Real Madrid remove cross from logo for Middle East fans,” as.com, January 24, 2017:
Real Madrid will alter the crown on top of their badge to eliminate the traditional christian cross on team apparel that sells in various countries in the Middle East.
Marka, a distribution group from the United Arab Emirates have obtained the exclusive rights to “manufacture, distribute and sell Real Madrid products” in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.
The vide-president [sic] of Marka, Khaled al-Mheiri, told reuters that the badge was being altered because of cultural sensitivities. “We have to be careful with regions of the Gulf where there is sensitivity about products that have a cross,” said al-Mheiri, owner of a Real Madrid cafe in Dubai.
It is not the first time the symbol has been altered. In 2014, Real Madrid eliminated the Christian cross in its logo when it was used by its sponsor the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
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