FIFA lift ban on Islamic headscarves

ZURICH Fri Jul 6, 2012 12:40am IST

The Iranian women's national soccer team walk to the pitch before withdrawing from their qualifying match against Jordan for the 2012 London Olympic Games in Amman June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji/Files

The Iranian women's national soccer team walk to the pitch before withdrawing from their qualifying match against Jordan for the 2012 London Olympic Games in Amman June 3, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Ali Jarekji/Files

ZURICH (Reuters) - A ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, for Muslim women footballers was lifted by the sport's rulemakers on Thursday.

The garment had previously been banned due to safety concerns and because it was not recognised in the laws of the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) unanimously overturned the ban and agreed to re-write the laws after studying reports from FIFA's medical officer.

"Safety and medical issues have been removed for the use of the headscarf and it is approved that players can have the head scarf," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told reporters.

He said a further meeting in October would discuss the details.

"The only remaining point now is now the colour and design of the headscarf," he said.

The move came after a campaign in favour of the hijab from FIFA vice-president and executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

Other sports such as rugby and taekwondo already allow the use of the hijab.

Last year the women's soccer team from Iran were prevented from playing their 2012 Olympic second round qualifying match against Jordan because they refused to remove their hijabs before kickoff.

Iran, who had topped their group in the first round of Olympic qualifiers, were punished with an automatic 3-0 defeat, which abruptly ended their dreams of qualifying for the London games.

IFAB, founded in 1886, is soccer's ultimate law-making body, comprising four members from FIFA and four from the British associations. (Editing By Matt Barker)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

U.S. Open

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Torres Bound For Milan

Torres Bound For Milan

AC Milan agree two-year Torres loan with Chelsea.  Full Article 

Injury Woes

Injury Woes

Rohit Sharma ruled out of England one-day series  Full Article 

Ozil Hits Back

Ozil Hits Back

Confident Ozil says his stats prove critics wrong.  Full Article 

Back to Brondby

Back to Brondby

Brondby in talks with Liverpool over Agger signing.  Full Article 

Indian Super League

Indian Super League

Del Piero signs for Dynamos Delhi.  Full Article 

Ronaldo Speaks

Ronaldo Speaks

Overworked Ronaldo claims he is close to best.  Full Article 

Deal Sealed

Deal Sealed

Bayern complete two-year deal for Real's Alonso.  Full Article 

Rosberg Apologises

Rosberg Apologises

Rosberg apologises, disciplined for crash  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage