This is something that is near to our hearts here at HB & HB, as many of our watishistas are hijabis. We’ve talked about it before and expressed our dismay at this discriminatory policy. So I was delighted to read this morning that the 2007 ban on headscarves is being reversed.
Tehran, March 5 (Bernama) – The eight-man International Football Association Board (IFAB)
has given the green light to Islamic female footballers that wish to wear the hijab, or headscarf, during matches, according to Mehr News Agency on Monday.
The IFAB agreed in principle in Bagshot, south of London, on Saturday to overturn the decision they took in 2007.
The hijab decision, taken after a presentation to the Board by FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, was agreed by all eight members and will also be subject to further evaluation with a final decision to be taken on July 2.
Jordan’s women’s team was handed a 3-0 win in the Olympic 2012 qualifiers in June, despite no game taking place after the Iranian team was banned from playing for wearing Islamic scarves.
“I am deeply grateful that the proposal to allow women to wear the headscarf was unanimously endorsed by all members of IFAB,” Prince Ali said.
Here’s another article that may be of interest on this issue. I think this is a wonderful step forward for the women’s game.