Neymar ads withdrawn from Mecca due to religious issues
Advertising banners bearing Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva‘s photo have caused serious controversy in the holy city of Mecca and it led to the adverts being removed consequently from the city’s streets.
The decision was taken after it was decided that the advertising somehow violated the “religious sanctity” of the city at the heart of the Muslim faith and devotion.
American fast food chain McDonalds themselves removed the adverts bearing the Barcelona man‘s photo following serious criticism on social media which also accused the campaign of harming Mecca’s religious prestige and faith.
A member of the city’s council, Ozman Mali, said in a statement that they had formally informed the American company of their prior observations regarding the banners and the following comments on social media. He added that he would verbally ask the pertinent departments to make their decision into future consideration out of their respect for Mecca and the Muslim sentiment.
Mecca is the most important pious city of Islam and is sincerely attended by millions of faithfuls every year as a part of the great pilgrimage.
Neither the authorities nor McDonalds have officially confirmed whether the decision was relevant to Neymar’s regular Christian gestures out on the pitch.
Neymar isn’t the one to budge though. With the entire world (read as the Americas) having tuned in to watch the Super Bowl 50 clash between the famous Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, which the Broncos ultimately won 24-10 thanks to an age-defying brilliant display of performance by Peyton Manning, the Barcelona star made a rather surprising appearance in a commercial for Taco Bell.
In the commercial, to formally promote how big the new taco is, Neymar, dressed in Brazil’s traditional yellow, emerges from the shining backdrop of an NFL ball, only to take a shot a football, or a ‘soccer ball’, that is tactfully kept beside right through the length of field post.
With no regards to the trolls that is likely to target him on social media, Neymar goes on to say, the taco, is “Bigger than football, real football.”