The founder of one of Norway's most infamous militant Islamist groups has applied to return to work as a referee, and had his request turned down by the Norwegian Football Association.

Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussain, who founded the Prophet's Ummah, an Islamist group, applied to work as a referee for the 2014 season, but was rejected on Tuesday on the grounds that his extremist views would prevent him carrying out the task properly.

The Norwegian football association (NFF) said in a statement on Tuesday that Hussain's public statements "quite evidently break with the norms of conduct which Norwegian football demands of a referee."

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