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Players union supports allowing hijabs

  • AP, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:34 PM

FIFPro, the global soccer players' union, is backing a campaign to change FIFA's rules of the game to allow Islamic women to wear hijabs.

FIFPro spokeswoman Frederique Winia says “the current ban on wearing headscarves for religious reasons is discrimination.”

Soccer’s rules-making panel banned hijabs citing safety reasons in 2007, and will consider lifting the ban at a March 3 meeting in England. FIFA vice president Prince Ali of Jordan will show the panel a headscarf held in place by a Velcro fastener.

Iran’s women team forfeited 2012 Olympics qualifying matches last year because of the ban.

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