FIFA ban on Islamic headscarf bars Iran girls’ soccer team from Youth Olympics in August

Monday, April 5, 2010

FIFA dress code bars Iran girls from Youth Games

ZURICH — Iran’s girls’ soccer team was thrown out of the Youth Olympics because FIFA rules prevent players from wearing an Islamic headscarf.

Thailand replaces Iran in the August tournament, the governing body of Asian soccer said on its Web site Monday.

The hijab scarf — worn by girls and women to observe Islamic dress code — was not allowed under FIFA rules relating to on-field equipment, the Asian Football Confederation said. Iran’s national Olympic committee had urged soccer’s international ruling body and the International Olympic Committee to review the ban.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke rejected the Iranian Olympic panel’s request in a letter to the national soccer federation. He said the FIFA executive committee had “no choice but to take the decision.”

FIFA maintains that soccer’s international rulebook contains a section on player equipment, stating that “basic compulsory equipment must not have any political, religious or personal statements.”

The hijab issue was first examined in 2007 after an 11-year-old girl in Canada was prevented from wearing one for safety reasons.

FIFA’s rules-making arm, the International Football Association Board, declined to make an exception for religious clothing.

Iran was to have taken part in a six-nation tournament for girls at the inaugural competition in Singapore on Aug. 12-25. About 3,600 athletes, ages 14 to 18, will compete in 26 sports.

Thailand will represent Asia against Turkey, Equatorial Guinea, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile and Papua New Guinea.


April 16, 2010: 6:27 pm

Why do Iranian girls need to wear head scarfs? Is it because men will look at them as sexual objects? Get a clue Iran , religion is all about control of the people. It has no place in sports. It is not about the religion but the high government religious fanatics that keep trying to place control on the Iranian people.Face it the Iranian class in power needs to control the masses and religion is the classic way to do it.

April 11, 2010: 9:20 am

Jack, Iran doesn’t get bombed. That was Iraq, and Afghanistan. They are all different sovereign states with different ethnic people and politics. And you wonder why they hate us?

April 7, 2010: 10:12 am

Iranian Says:
April 5th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

“FIFA officials will get what is coming to them ONE BY ONE.”

Ah, more threats of terrorism. And then you wonder why your countries get bombed.

April 5, 2010: 4:33 pm

FIFA officials WILL BE punished for obeying their Jewish masters in this ploy to force Iran out of this tornament.

FIFA officials will get what is coming to them ONE BY ONE.

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