Saudi Arabia teacher ‘too upset over football defeat to work’

March 1, 2013

The teacher’s explanation for his absence from work- Al Sharq

A teacher in Saudi Arabia has attributed his absence from school to the loss of a match by his favourite football team.

“Honestly, I was psychologically affected by the defeat of my team,” Rami Al Zahrani wrote in the school form to explain why he did not show up for work as school resumed on February 23, following the two-day weekend.

The teacher was obviously an avid fan of the Riyadh-based Al Nasr Club that failed on Friday to win the Crown Prince Cup after losing to its arch-rival Al Hilal, also from the Saudi capital, on penalties.

The teacher pledged to bring “within one week” the required evidence to support his inability to teach on that day, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported on Wednesday.

A picture of the school form and the teacher’s explanation was widely distributed via Instagram, the booming photo application.

Saudis are well-known for their love for football and matches, particularly derbies, are often well attended, attracting thousands of fans.

The run-up to the match and the game have received wide coverage in the local print, electronic and broadcasting media.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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