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    FIFA Ban on Hijab leads to Iranian forfeit

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    ''The Iranian women's soccer team was in tears after being forced to forfeit a 2012 London Olympics qualifying match this past weekend because it showed up to play in hijabs. FIFA banned the Islamic head scarf in 2007, saying that it could cause choking injuries -- the same reason it gave for recently banning snoods (neck warmers). FIFA also has strict rules against any religious statements in team uniforms.''

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    http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/editorial_image/2c/2c8c5bf34c1fab69fd0337443e8cb2f5/iran_womens_soccer_team_forfeits_qualifier_over_head_scarves.jpg

    ''On Sunday, moments before Iran's women's team was due to take to the pitch and play in an Olympic qualifier against Jordan, the team was disqualified for wearing their traditional full-body tracksuits and hijabs. Jordan was granted a 3-0-forfeit victory, crushing the lauded Iranian team's chances to go to the 2012 London Games.

    As the Iranian players and officials tearfully objected, they were told that they had violated FIFA rules stating that: "Players and officials shall not display political, religious, commercial or personal messages or slogans in any language or form on their playing or team kits." The team was also informed that since 2007 FIFA has
    held the view that wearing a hijab while playing "could cause choking injuries".

    There are two problems with this argument. The first is that it's asinine. "Hijab soccer choking deaths," doesn't exactly send the Google search engine a-humming. But far more problematic is that the team had already received assurances from FIFA that the uniforms were in compliance. They had even played preliminary rounds without a blip from Blatter.

    Iranian women's soccer director Farideh Shojaei told Reuters TV in an interview, "We made the required corrections and played a match afterwards. We played the next round and were not prevented from doing
    so, and they didn't find anything wrong. That meant that there are no obstacles in our path, and that we could participate in the Olympics...This [uniform] is neither religious, nor political, nor will it lead to harm a player...and Mr Sepp Blatter accepted this."

    So what is really going on here? First of all, we should dismiss any of FIFA's concerns about the welfare of the women involved. Blatter is an unreconstructed sexist and without resistance, women's soccer would look something like the Lingerie Football League. The man who bans the hijab proposed in 2004 that women players wear "hot pants" on the pitch to boost the sport's popularity. He said that the "tighter shorts" would produce "a more female aesthetic".

    In addition, for years, human rights organisations have asked Blatter to take a stand and say something about the horrific influx of sex-slave trafficking that accompanies the arrival of the World Cup. Blatter's cold response, "Prostitution and trafficking of women does not fall within the sphere of responsibility of an international sports federation but in that of the authorities and the lawmakers of any given country." In other words, he's not exactly Susan Faludi.''


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    why didn't they just use the FIFA approved headscarf used by the Iranian football team at the Youth Olympics?

    http://i.imgur.com/6bF1O.jpg

    who cares

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    I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but that is absurd. It just looks ridiculous and I really think it needs to be stopped.






    Women playing football??!! oO

    Madness.

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    DangerGod

    why didn't they just use the FIFA approved headscarf used by the Iranian … why didn't they just use the FIFA approved headscarf used by the Iranian football team at the Youth Olympics?]



    Inb4 "but it's their human right to choke if they want to".......

    That said, it would be a scream to watch 2 teams playing with burkha's. I'd pay to see that.

    Edited by: "guv" 10th Jun 2011

    Pauladin91

    who cares



    Many people, if im not interested in something i dont read it let alone post about it

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    Pauladin91

    who cares



    not me desperately, do not follow womens football (inb4 sexist)

    just thinks football doesn't need people dragging their religion into it. Play if you want, just do it by the rule book.

    lol, class.

    Crying as well - looks like a Premier League fixture.....

    Good call

    crying!?! thought most female footballers were lesbians... the rough looking ones that play the male role in the relationship.

    man up

    Seems odd that it has only just become an issue now, since I guess that they have played a match or two since 2007.

    Reminds me of India being disqualified for the 1950 world cup finals in brazil for playing barefoot.

    Fascinating.

    Bully

    Reminds me of India being disqualified for the 1950 world cup finals in … Reminds me of India being disqualified for the 1950 world cup finals in brazil for playing barefoot.Fascinating.



    Your post reminds me of a book I read at school about a barefoot player that played football, and his "Special Move" was a banana kick.

    thesaint

    Your post reminds me of a book I read at school about a barefoot player … Your post reminds me of a book I read at school about a barefoot player that played football, and his "Special Move" was a banana kick.



    your post reminds me of post that was posted on a poster

    [quote=DangerGod]http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/editorial_image/2c/2c8c5bf34c1fab69fd0337443e8cb2f5/iran_womens_soccer_team_forfeits_qualifier_over_head_scarves.jpg


    is it me or do they look liek they should be holding a couple of ninja stars
    http://www.kingofswords.com/images/dist_130_130/12SetNinjaThrowingStars.jpg

    Where can you get tickets for the Lingerie Football League? (_;)

    good call FIFA

    Inb4 Sepp Blatter is a racist thread

    stewby

    Inb4 Sepp Blatter is a racist thread


    nope...thats reserved for alan sugar

    Footballs stupid and **** anyway so what you expect? Think about it, its based on chasing and kicking a pigs bladder about a field. Replace the ball with a live pig and I might show some interest.

    Shengis

    Footballs stupid and **** anyway so what you expect? Think about it, its … Footballs stupid and **** anyway so what you expect? Think about it, its based on chasing and kicking a pigs bladder about a field. Replace the ball with a live pig and I might show some interest.



    zzzz

    cannyscot

    Where can you get tickets for the Lingerie Football League? (_;)



    I would link you, but I fear a ban would come my way... Metacafe had a weird video I remember from when I was young...

    tomwatts

    I would link you, but I fear a ban would come my way... Metacafe had a … I would link you, but I fear a ban would come my way... Metacafe had a weird video I remember from when I was young...



    you dirty git!!!!!

    try and find the link X)

    dtovey89

    zzzz


    You captured my feelings perfectly there

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    inb 4 tears.... oh wait

    DangerGod

    the team had already received assurances from FIFA that the uniforms were … the team had already received assurances from FIFA that the uniforms were in compliance



    Makes it even better.

    "Yeah, don't worry, they're fine"

    "Ha ha! We were only joking! Consider yourselves out"

    Class.

    stewby

    Inb4 Sepp Blatter is a racist thread



    Just a fascist and corrupt (_;)
    Edited by: "Punjab" 10th Jun 2011

    deek72

    Makes it even better. "Yeah, don't worry, they're fine""Ha ha! We were … Makes it even better. "Yeah, don't worry, they're fine""Ha ha! We were only joking! Consider yourselves out" Class.


    It's FIFA we're talking about http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2008/07/11/blatter460276.jpg

    what happened to filth&fury, y the suspension. i'm missing the guy!

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    r4ge

    what happened to filth&fury, y the suspension. i'm missing the guy!



    so iam i ,hes so witty and imformative!

    Shengis

    You captured my feelings perfectly there



    Cool story bro.

    "it could cause choking injuries"

    It’s a physical sport players have had broken legs, arms and concussions. If they want to wear the hijab let them. Hate it when sports get dragged into this rubbish just play the bloody game.

    Punjab

    Just a fascist and corrupt (_;)



    Corrupt,yes. Facist? Proof please.


    Inb4 photo of blatter dressed as Mussolini.

    stewby

    Corrupt,yes. Facist? Proof please.Inb4 photo of blatter dressed as … Corrupt,yes. Facist? Proof please.Inb4 photo of blatter dressed as Mussolini.


    He hates Ze English!

    It was said in part-jest as I'd hoped the icon showed.

    Punjab

    He hates Ze English!It was said in part-jest as I'd hoped the icon showed.



    The icon reminded me o blatters miserable face. To be fair to him, there aren't many non-English people who don't hate the English. He will always be the man who gave the world cup to a nation who have very little interest in football, have a climate that is not conducive to playing football and has no real status in world football. But they do have lots of money. Hhhmmm, Sepp, what did make you put Qatar in the mix? Lots of hiijabs in Qatar though... Complicated.

    Edited by: "stewby" 10th Jun 2011
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