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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

FIFA bans Iranian women, citing “safety”


FIFA has decided that Iranian women playing soccer should not be allowed to wear head scarves, citing “safety”.

Effectively this means Iranian women cannot compete internationally.  This is a shame.  While I have no particular affection for head scarves, citing them as a safety issue seems to be just a cover for the real, understandable issue of hostility towards the current Iranian government.  I feel sorry for the athletes.