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NFL player penalized for praying on the field

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Kansas City chief player was penalized for praying after scoring a touchdown on Sunday, September 28. Now the national football league is saying it should have never happened.

Referees penalized Husain Abdullah, who is a Muslim, for going to his knees after he intercepted a Tom Brady pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Many fans say they don't agree with the penalty.

"You definitely see some other celebrations with other religious backgrounds that haven't been called back," says NFL fan Omar Calleros.

"How is it you can make an exception for Tim Tebow and it should be an exception for Hussein," says NFL fan Doug.

Michael Signora, vice president for the NFL, issued a clarifying statement via twitter today, "Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag a player who goes to ground for religious reasons."

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