Wackass Bullshit

7 Jun

The Iranian women’s football team were banned from playing, moments before an Olympic qualifier against Jordan, because of their strip. Photograph: Ali Jarekji/Reuters

Iran’s women footballers banned from Olympics because of Islamic strip

Iran’s dream of competing in the London 2012 Olympic women’s football tournament have been crushed by an unexpected ruling that their Islamic dress broke Fifa rules, said a football federation official in Tehran.
Iran is complaining to the world ruling body after its women were banned from playing, moments before an Olympic qualifier against Jordan last week, due to their full-body strip that includes a head scarf.

The head of women’s affairs at Iran’s football federation said the country had made changes to its women’s kit after a Fifa ban last year and believed it had been given the approval of the world federation and of its president, Sepp Blatter.

“We made the required corrections and played a match afterwards,” Farideh Shojaei said. “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.”

Fifa’s rules for the 2012 Olympics state 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.”

In order to comply with the Islamic dress code which is mandatory in the Islamic Republic, Iran’s women footballers play in full tracksuits and head coverings that conceal their hair.

“[The Iran football federation chief Ali] Kafashian took it to Fifa and showed it to Sepp Blatter. And they proved that this conduct conforms to the fourth article of the Fifa constitution, which says [a kit should be] devoid of politics or religion,” Shojaei said. “In reality, this kit is neither religious, nor political, nor will it lead to harm a player. They proved this, and Sepp Blatter accepted this and we participated in the Olympics.”

Whatever the result of Iran’s complaint, it is unlikely that the team, who were awarded a 3-0 defeat in the unplayed qualifier in Amman, will now qualify for 2012, Shojaei said.

“It is extremely difficult to predict what results will come out of this, but I think it unlikely because the preliminary games will not be repeated.

“The countries that invested, and spent money and time and took part in the second round will clearly not be willing to repeat these games, especially if this week it becomes clear which team will enter the final round. So it is extremely unlikely.”

However Fifa says it had warned the side about dress codes: “Fifa’s decision in March 2010 which permitted that players be allowed to wear a cap that covers their head to the hairline, but does not extend below the ears to cover the neck, was still applicable.

“Despite initial assurances that the Iranian delegation understood this, the players came out wearing the hijab, and the head and neck totally covered, which was an infringement of the Laws of the Game. The match commissioner and match referee therefore decided to apply correctly the Laws of the Game, which ended in the match being abandoned.”

Fifa strikes again. A bunch of obnoxious, corrupt fuckers who seemt to exist solely to screw with the game. My heart goes out to these women who worked so hard to see their dream casually tossed aside.

25 Responses to “Wackass Bullshit”

  1. GinaM June 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks for posting this article, as a Persian woman I am so disgusted by FIFA,

    Do you know what kind of loop holes these women had to go through to be even able to play Football? You know back in the day when the new religious government came, women weren’t even allowed to go to a live football match in the stadiums.

    Thank you for stepping all over their dreams Fifa,

    Gina

    • Jenny June 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      Doostet Daram, Nazanin!

      (Farsi Kheyli Khob Balad-ni-stam)!

      My lover is Persian, and we both became enormously emotional watching those poor girls after they were told they couldn’t play. They were in tears, it was awful.

      I agree with everything you’ve said.

      • GinaM June 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

        Akhesh manam dooset daram Aziz!

        Yes I know very emotional, apparently they sent in a representative to fight the ban, We will see how it goes. I been following it on the Persian news,

  2. suzanne June 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I read this on ONTD yesterday and was appalled. How horrible of FIFA. I just can’t wrap my brain around this. You had all this time to make an offensive, rediculous ruling and you wait until right before the match?! How heartbreaking for these women. Someone had commented on the blog that all of the women’s teams should show solidarity by wearing headscarves. That would rock my socks if they could do it.

    All of these governing bodies of the sport are a joke. Realize what is truely an issue and what is not.

    • Maisoun June 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      The thought of all the women teams showing up in scarves gave me goosebumps! Its so incredibly unfair what FIFA has done. This ruling is just another case of discrimination allowed by FIFA, first Marcelo now this. I wish there was a petition I could sign or someway to contact these women to show my support.

      • suzanne June 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

        i know…when i read that i was just like, in awe if that could happen.
        i would love to send them a note of support and sisterhood if you find anything maisoun.

        • Mais June 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

          Guys, I found this: http://act.ly/3rn I just signed the petition and tweeted about it. But you must have a twitter account to be able to sign it I think. It would be great if we could all take part in petitioning against this unjust decision.

          • Maisoun June 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

            It says the page has moved, is there another link?

          • Maisoun June 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

            Oh nevermind my tweet posted.

          • headbandsandheartbreak June 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

            Thanks for finding this, Mais. One thing that concerns me: ““Fifa’s decision in March 2010 which permitted that players be allowed to wear a cap that covers their head to the hairline, but does not extend below the ears to cover the neck, was still applicable.” Now, from what I see, they are wearing a separate head covering and a turtleneck. It’s not a hijab as they are stating. Now, please correct me if I am wrong, hijab wearers, but I was under the impression that hijab is a one piece veil that also covers the neck. If that is so, then this is *not* a hijab. It’s two separate pieces and therefore, doesn’t violate the edict on religious clothing. Heck, Barca wears turtlenecks, so what’s the problem?! I find this ban heartbreaking and offensive. The women should not have to choose between modesty and their sport. I work with many, many Orthodox Jewish women who would also face this predicament if they couldn’t wear their sheitels (wigs) or a head covering. I have an Orthodox friend who is a black belt who regularly participates in tournaments, but she covers her hair. WTF is the problem with that? This is outright discrimination. It’s extra upsetting because the outfits were okayed and they have already played in them. Right now, I have so much hate for FIFA.

            • headbandsandheartbreak June 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

              So here’s an article clarifying that Fifa demands that the “neck and ears be uncovered” http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/07/137046013/new-fifa-vp-seeks-discussion-on-hijab-disqualification Um, WHY?

              Here’s Messi wearing a turtleneck:

              and Pique: http://www.kickette.com/files/2010/11/GP-say-no-to-TNs.jpg

              Yeah, their ears are uncovered, but seriously, what is the fucking point? This rule just seems tailor made to discriminate against Muslim women. Period.

              As I mentioned, Orthodox women might have an issue but they are only required to cover their hair and above their collarbone (and below elbows/knees). So they could show their ears and neck. So really, FIFA is only discriminating against one group in particular.

            • Mais June 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

              No problem Lozil. I understand what you mean about technically it’s could be considered as not a hijab because it’s more than one piece. But it definitely is a hijab, because it doesn’t HAVE to be strictly one piece to be a hijab, as long as it covers the areas meant to be covered it is okay. And their intent is clearly for it to be a hijab because Iran is a country that follows religion closely (I’m talking about Muslims here, I apologize but I’m not sure about how other religions within Iran regard beliefs and if they are strict followers or not). I stand to be corrected though, if anyone has a different opinion please share. But from my 19 years of religion practice I can quite confidently come to the conclusion that this is in fact a hijab. The problem is: what the hell is the problem with that?? Why would FIFA think it’s ‘dangerous’ or ‘unacceptable’ or whatever the crap it is they think. I hope the petition makes a difference.

              • headbandsandheartbreak June 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

                Ah, I didn’t realize that hijab could be more than one piece. All the women that I have known who have worn hijab over the years have had a one piece style. As I mentioned in my other post, it seems like the rule is tailor made to specifically discriminate against Muslim women. I mean, I guess it could apply to, for instance, Sikh men or Jewish men wearing kippot/tzitzit/peyos, (I’m trying to think of other overt religious gear) but have there been documented instances of it being enforced against men?

                • maddy June 8, 2011 at 4:54 am #

                  this article made me cry. literally.

                  as a woman, a muslim and a hijabi, it breaks my heart that illiterates still come up with ways to persecute us and limit our freedom of expression and dress.

                  the hijab refers to a state of modesty where the woman is covered, except her face and hands. there is no restriction on the number of pieces of cloth used for the purpose.

            • Maisoun June 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

              I second what Mais said, the caps that the women are wearing are hijabs because their intent is to cover their hair for religious reasons, it is just modified for the sport they are playing. BUT the issues I have with FIFA’s ruling are these: 1. If their reason for saying they cannot cover their necks is an issue of it being dangerous then thats just bullshit. Their collars arent going to get caught to anything & IF they get pulled down by their collars then thats what refs are for!!! Just like when a player gets pulled down by their jersey, they get carded! Its that simple. I highly doubt someone is going to get strangled on the pitch because of a little collar. If FIFA believes these collars are dangerous then they shouldnt allow players to play with long hair because they could just as easily be brought down by getting their hair pulled. So that point is just dumb. 2. If they are restricting them from playing with these caps & collars because they arent allowed to display any religious messages on their uniform, then that too isnt enforced on everyone. I dont see how wearing a scarf during a game is any more a display of religion than a player crossing themselves before stepping onto the pitch or during a goal celebration, or even having a religious tattoo visible while on the pitch. Now, I dont think the game should be stripped of religious rituals performed by players but if you’re going after one group be fair & treat everyone equally. ..I just thought of Ozil on the pitch saying a prayer after a goal this season, do they allow that because he is a man??

              • headbandsandheartbreak June 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

                I think you hit the nail on the head: sexism. Ozil or Kaka can pray (although they have cracked down on some folks for making the sign of the cross (Artur Boruc springs to mind), Barca can wear turtlenecks so it can’t be a safety issue (but they ban snoods?!) Seems like the men get more leeway.

              • Mais June 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

                Amen ladies. This is clearly a mixture of both racism and sexism. Way to go FIFA, always setting the standard for future generations!

            • GinaM June 8, 2011 at 12:53 am #

              I am muslim but not a strong practising one as I have lived in Canada since I was 4 and we fled the country due to the religious restricitons. But I know that a hijab is different in ever muslim country. In Iran the women wear the ones the cover all around your face and drape over your shoulder. Some of the younger generation wear the head piece that goes down your neck then the hijab over that and tucked behind the ears. In most Arab countries they wear it that way too. Basically you have to cover your hair and neck.

              Ps.sorry for spelling mistakes I am replying on my blackberry

              Gina

        • Maisoun June 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

          I’ll definitely let you know if I find anything! Hopefully its not too hard to find a way to get in touch with these women.

  3. Mais June 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    How disgusting. I am offended both on a personal level and on a ‘spectator’ level (can’t find the right phrase right now. Just too angry). FIFA needs to be changed. Seriously, it has just crossed too many red lines I think. I can’t believe how devastating it must be for these women to have trained so hard and then be denied the opportunity to show this at the last minute.

  4. Tasha June 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Thanks for posting the article!
    Does FIFA not understand that the women are wearing hijabs that are specially designed for sports?

  5. Jenny June 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    I distraught and completely beside myself about this.

    Typical fifa – headcaps and snoods – corruption? What corruption?

  6. Cosi June 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    I’m still boiling about this, but am really glad to read everyone’s comments here. Agree 100% with you all and will definitely be drafting a letter to FIFA… This is about discrimination, period. UEFA, FIFA- why are these people in charge again?

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