CAIRO - An English Premier League devout Muslim player has gone furious after discovering a bloody pig head in his locker in the club, apparently left by teammates, as the club launched an internal investigation into the insensitive action.
The club takes seriously reports of an incident at our training ground this afternoon, Stoke City club said in a statement cited by The Guardian.
A full internal investigation will be carried out and those responsible for any unacceptable behavior will be dealt with in accordance with the club's disciplinary procedures.
The incident was revealed when Kenwyne Jones, the Stoke City striker, found "a bloody pig's head" wrapped in his clothes.
It is believed GlennWhelan, the Republic of Ireland international, was behind the prank and he is expected to explain his behavior to Stoke officials before Sunday's trip to Southampton.
Discovering the incident, Jones is said to have thrown a brick through the side window of Whelan's Porsche as revenge.
Whelan and Jones could face fines if they are found guilty of misconduct in line with the club's disciplinary procedures, with chief executive Tony Scholes leading the investigation.
Following the incident, the Stoke midfielder Brek Shea tweeted a photo of the pig's head and wrote: "Locker room banter gone wild!!!"
It was chaos, we could hear shouting and yelling coming from the dressing room area but we had no idea what had happened. But Kenwyne Jones stormed out in a rage, a club insider told the Irish Sun.
Islam considers pigs unclean because they are omnivorous, not discerning between meat or vegetation in their natural dietary habits unlike cows and sheep for instance, which eat only plants.
Muslims do not eat pork and consider pigs and their meat filthy and unhealthy to eat.
With the club launching an investigation into what occurred at the training ground, Jones friend Kissa Abdullah wrote a series of tweets criticizing the infamous act.
"Big men acting like kids a pigs head is not a prank its just disgusting!!!!! Wtf??? I don't get how was that sup 2 be funny!!!! Really???" she tweeted.
Then she wrote: "me as well I really don't get it at least do a fake one not straight from the butchers! Anyone would be pissed! â¦ they put a huge bloody pigs head in his clothes at training! He warned them 2 keep him out of the banter or else! u kno the rest."
Abdullah also condemned the move as insensitive to Muslim beliefs.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions mine is I don't agree wrapping a pigs head in his clothes!" she tweeted.
She also retweeted another tweet that stated: "do you know what a pigs head represents in a Muslim religion ??" with an earlier tweet written by Abdullah, saying: "It just takes a minute to be sensitive to someone's beliefs no one says u can't have a sense of humor but let it be a joke! This wasn't!"
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.7 million.
Stoke City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire that play in the Premier League.
Founded in 1863, it is the oldest club in the Premier League.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net