Former player: drug use rife in Saudi football league

Former Saudi footballer Fouad Anwar was heavily criticized after publically stating that the use of hash, or “hashish” as it is commonly known in Arabic, is widespread among footballers in Saudi Arabia.

“This is something we must admit … Hashish is widely spread in … [Saudi] football,” Anwar said earlier this week during an interview with the Saudi channel al-Riyadiyah.

Anwar explained to Al Arabiya News that his intentions were to “ring the alarm.”

“I think the message has been delivered,” he said after being widely accused of wanting to hurt the popular sport in the kingdom.

The former football star refused to discuss the topic further to avoid misinterpretation. “If I speak more about the topic some may think it’s a personal issue… but it is about the public interest,” he said…