Gangs of Islamists are reported to be patrolling the areas they control looking for people watching games.
Dedicated fans are watching matches in secret, or in the few areas controlled by government forces.
On Saturday militants killed two people as they attacked a house where people were watching a game.
Militant group Hizbul-Islam also arrested 10 others at the house north-east of the capital Mogadishu where fans were watching the game between Argentina and Nigeria.
All of this is because of an old Somali law that prohibits Somalis from “all forms of entertainment considered un-Islamic under the courts’ strict interpretation of Sharia law.”
This includes video games, playing secular music, and, yes, watching sporting events in public.
Add that to my list of reasons Islam should be regarded as little more than an intricate joke, worthy of nothing but ridicule.
It’s quite a long list.