Football in Kashmir in 19th Century

Football was taken as an unholy (napaak) material like a leather shoe in Kashmir in the 19th Century.

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It is the most popular game in the world today. In Kashmir, it was introduced in, 1891 when an English missionary called Biscoe put a football on display in front of his students in a missionary school in Srinagar, Kashmir. The whole school was assembled and they had never seen something like that before in school, or perhaps in their whole life. They started asking innocent questions. The most interesting question about football was about the material used in making of it. As soon as they knew that leather was used to make it, they shouted to put it away as leather was impure (Napaak) as it was used in shoe making.

Reference: Fifa 

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