Husain Abdullah should not have received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after dropping to his knees to Allah and bowing in Islamic prayers following a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown during the Kansas City Chiefs‘ 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night, the NFL said Tuesday.
According to Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d), “Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”
“However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.
Abdullah, a devout Muslim, took to Twitter to thank fans Tuesday.
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