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

Saturday.

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.