GUARDIAN – I worry about my sons supporting Manchester United – not whether they’ll run off to join Isis

Zia Chaudhry, who grew up in Liverpool, says his children will face all kinds of difficulties as Muslims in 21st-century Britain – in a way he never didRight now I’m not worried about my sons joining Isis. Although there seems to be an increasing risk of them being persuaded that their loyalties should lie with a bunch of medieval thugs a few thousand miles away, to be perfectly honest I’m more concerned about their occasional interest in Manchester United.At the moment, the persuasive skills of my in-laws are more worrying than those of any radical preachers on the internet because they seem to be achieving some intermittent success in distancing the Chaudhry offspring from their father’s beloved Liverpool Football Club. So, despite the constant reminders about the dangers of Muslim youngsters being attracted to the war zones of the Middle East, I think that, for now, my vigilance is better directed towards Old Trafford, seeing as my boys are only nine and seven.I want my children to appreciate the beauty of life, a near impossible task if all that is emphasised is ugliness Continue reading…