22 Feb '12, 11am

Global football players' union back campaign to change FIFA's laws so Islamic women can wear hijabs

ZURICH - The global football players' union is backing a campaign to change FIFA's laws of the game by allowing Islamic women to wear hijabs. FIFPro spokeswoman Frederique Winia says "the current ban on wearing headscarves for religious reasons is discrimination." Football's rules-making panel outlawed hijabs for safety reasons in 2007, and will consider lifting the ban at a March 3 meeting in England. FIFPro is backing FIFA vice president Prince Ali of Jordan, who will show the panel a headscarf held in place by a Velcro fastener. Since the ban, FIFA has allowed Islamic players to wear a cap which some objected to because it exposes their neck. The dispute was highlighted when the Iranian women's team forfeited 2012 Olympics qualifying matches last year. AP

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sports/EDC120222-0000175/Hijab...

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