Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Austrian man in shark costume falls foul of anti-burka law

Austrian man in shark costume falls foul of anti-burka law

The man was promoting a business called McShark in the Austrian capital of Vienna when he was cautioned by police and the business was fined.

A man in a shark costume has fallen foul of Austria's new anti-burka law.

The unnamed man's career as a shark may be fin-ished thanks to Austria's new crackdown on facial coverings.

. He responded "I'm just doing my job", according to Heute. The newly implemented legislation also placed restrictions on surgical masks, ski masks and clown makeup worn in public spaces.

Police later took Nekkaz into the ministry building and fined him €50 ($58).

The managing director of the advertising agency responsible for the campaign, Eugen Prosquill, told the newspaper he was not aware the new law applied to mascots.

It is unclear if football mascots will be banned from wearing their "heads", but it is understood that police chiefs have ordered their officers not to take action against people wearing Halloween costumes later this month.

"Acceptance and respect of Austrian values are basic conditions for successful cohabitation between the majority [of the] Austrian population and people from third [world] countries living in Austria", said a statement from the government of Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern, issued when the ban came into effect. But the controversial new law is already causing some confusion.

If found guilty of wearing full face coverings a fine can amount to €150 (£134).

Many Austrian Muslim groups have criticized the ban, including Carla Amina Bhagajati of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria, who said the "handful" of fully veiled women she knows of in Vienna "now are criminalized and. restricted to their homes".

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