Soccer players can wear religious headcovering: ruling

Ruling follows Quebec controversey

Soccer's international rule-making body has officially decided to allow players to wear religious headcovering during games.

The International Football Association Board, which sets the rules for FIFA, made the decision today, extending a two-year trial period during which hijabs and turbans were allowed on the field.

The decision follows a period of controversy in Quebec.

The province's soccer federation came under fire last summer, and was even suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association, for enforcing a ban on turbans and other religious headwear.

The federation lifted the ban after FIFA clarified last June that such headwear was acceptable.

A spokesman for the Quebec Soccer Federation says they're satisfied with the decision and plan to follow the rules.


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  1. markr posted on 03/02/2014 05:54 AM
    Don't be surprised if PQ wins and they extend their charter of intolerance to forbid use of religious covering in sports as well.
  2. chuck posted on 03/02/2014 06:31 AM
    How will this sit the bigots in quebec and the charter of intolerance?
  3. Gord posted on 03/02/2014 04:12 PM
    "Soccer's international rule-making body has officially decided to allow players to wear religious headcovering during games."

    Modification for PQ'ists of Quebec. Unless, they are playing for teams that are representative of official offices, then such religious headcovering must be removed. All words related to or having inferences to English must be removed or covered. That is all. goodbye / au revoir

    Please keep this off facebook! Big brother (OQLF) is watching!
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