Rabat - A series of photos of Morocco’s Atlas Lion’ Nabil Dirar puffing smoke from a shisha pipe (hookah) have sparked controversy on social media.
Rabat – A series of photos of Morocco’s Atlas Lion’ Nabil Dirar puffing smoke from a shisha pipe (hookah) have sparked controversy on social media.
Dirar’s shisha party has not gone unnoticed, with fans wondering whether footballers are allowed to partake in smoking shisha.
Typically, smoking is heavily discouraged in all professional sports that involve physical endurance, as smoking is harmful for the lungs and respiratory system, and can affect performances..
Dirar’s fans heavily criticized him for smoking shisha as it is forbidden by the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF).
In 2016, the FRMF announced disciplinary sanctions against players who appeared in a video smoking a hookah in a hotel room in Marrakech.
Similarly the video caused a stir on social media, and for that case the federation decided to ban players Fahd Moufi and Adnane Boumous from completing training with their colleagues.