In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 photo, Mosul residents play soccer on a pitch in the liberated eastern part of the city. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
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After months of fighting, Mosul residents can finally practice their favorite game again at a football pitch in the eastern part of the city – and this time without the restrictions imposed by Daesh (ISIS) militants.The pitch was allowed to stay open when Daesh controlled the area, but the militants imposed strict rules on the game, including a dress code that forced players to cut teams' insignia from their jerseys and a ban on referees' whistles.The players weren't allowed to wear logos or brand names on football shirts because the militants considered them to be idolatrous."I had to stand at the entrance of the pitch with scissors," said 31-year-old Mohammad Sadiq, who works at the football pitch. He then had to cut the logos of teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona from the jerseys.
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