I see this kind of story every now-and-then, and I really ONLY see it with respect to very religious Jews (as in, not Christians, not Muslims, not Hindus, etc.). This is another example where a womens’ lacrosse team from Israel beat New Zealand which puts them in the running for the top eight for the World Cup. They play Canada next.
But, win or lose against Canada, they will be in the top-eight bracket, the game for which is Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. With their interpretation of their religious text, they can’t play, so they’ve forfeited.
The commenters are mostly about quoting Bible verses about respecting god and whatnot. Another commenter suggests saying that “Saturday is an Islamic holiday and the games will most definitely be stopped so as not to offend (PC at its finest).”
Really the only comment that I agree with is from “Slavoj” to stated, “The things people will do for lies in an old book.” Which means he’ll probably be banned from the site.