FIFA Okays Religious Head Covers For Soccer Players

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Sunday, 2 March 2014

Provisions allowing male and female soccer players to wear head covers for religious purposes during matches were approved on Saturday by FIFA.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) – an umbrella organization of British soccer associations, alongside FIFA, that determines the game’s rule -sanctioned the official use of headwear for women, after a two-year trial period, as well as for men.

“We had a request from the Sikh community to play with headgear and to avoid discrimination against men, it was decided that what applied to women can apply to men,” said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

“We will work exactly on the definition on these covers.”

The measure had been provisionally approved in July 2012 mainly so that women Muslim players could use the hijab.

IFAB, comprising the four British associations and four representatives of FIFA was formed in 1886 and predates the founding of FIFA by some 18 years.

(With Reuters)

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