FIFA rejects Iran complaint over Islamic scarf ban
FIFA says its match officials were right to stop Iran’s women’s
team from playing a 2012 Olympic qualifier wearing Islamic head
Iranian officials were ”informed thoroughly” before Friday’s
match against Jordan that the hijab scarf covering a women’s neck
is banned for safety reasons, FIFA says.
Iran’s soccer association has said it will complain about the
FIFA delegate from Bahrain who ordered the match abandoned.
Jordanian officials accepted the rule and ”decided not to
select a number of players,” FIFA says.
FIFA banned the hijab in 2007 and has extended the safety rule
to include neck warmers.
At the 2010 Youth Olympics, Iran’s girls protected their modesty
by covering their hair with specially designed caps.