United Nations urges FIFA to allow hijab headscarf

The United Nations has urged FIFA to allow Islamic women players
to wear a hijab headscarf.

The U.N. says Wilfried Lemke, sports adviser to
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has written to FIFA President Sepp
Blatter backing a proposal being considered at a meeting on

Lemke writes that ”FIFA has the responsibility to ensure that
everyone has an equal chance to participate in football.”

FIFA outlawed hijabs for safety reasons in 2007, and allowed a
cap which some players object to because it exposes their neck.

FIFA’s rules panel meets in England, and will receive a
presentation from FIFA vice president Prince Ali of Jordan to allow
a headscarf held in place by a Velcro fastener.