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FIFA to discuss soccer ban on hijabs

The vice-president of FIFA, Prince Ali, is to discuss the ban during a presentation on Saturday. He says the ban is prejudiced against women who wear the head scarf.

Prince Ali speaking to former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, in 2008
Prince Ali speaking to former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, in 2008
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FIFA VICE PRESIDENT Prince Ali will urge soccer’s rulemakers today to overturn a ban on Islamic female players wearing hijabs.

The Jordanian prince will make a presentation to the International Football Association Board, five years after the panel ruled that wearing headscarves in matches was unsafe.

Prince Ali says:

The present situation is saying to women worldwide that you’re not allowed to participate for a reason that makes no sense. That’s prejudice. It’s not fair.

He insists that permitting hijabs is “not an issue of religious symbolism — it is simply a case of cultural modesty.”

If the motion is rejected, the prince says “there will be lot of soul searching about what the priorities are in this sport”.

- Rob Harris

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