The self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, has admitted that it is having trouble obtaining membership of FIFA, the football world governing body. 
The self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, has admitted that it is having trouble obtaining membership of FIFA, the football world governing body. In a statement posted on one of its websites the group admitted that it had ‘so far failed to obtain membership’ and that FIFA had recently ‘stopped taking our calls’. 
 
Further details were provided in a video message from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claimed that the snub was the result of ‘outrageous discrimination’ and said the group was considering legal action. He noted that several million people ‘currently live under the rule of ISIS’ adding that it would be ‘grossly unfair for them to remain unrepresented in international football’. 
 
The ISIS leader went on to comment that he was having difficulty explaining to young children in the ISIS capital Raqqa that they would never be able to ‘play football for their country’. He admitted that this would be difficult anyway, as ISIS have banned football, but emphasised that ‘it’s the principles which counts’. 
 
Football insiders have told The Spark that it would be ‘difficult’ for FIFA to grant full membership to ISIS, especially considering the latter’s insistence that all its international games are played with ‘human skulls’ rather than traditional footballs. However one source added that if ISIS does achieve membership it would have a ‘very good chance’ of hosting a future World Cup as FIFA likes to hold them in ‘really stupid places’. 
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