Alberta to allow sports version of hijab in women’s soccer

CALGARY – THE Alberta Soccer Association has lifted its temporary ban on Muslim head scarves that prevented some girls from playing the sport. The ban was imposed earlier this month after a referee barred a 14-year-old girl from wearing the traditional scarf, or hijab, during a game in Calgary. The organization that oversees soccer in the province said it could pose a safety risk to the person wearing it, if were grabbed by another player. The association’s board says it has reviewed the matter and decided it will allow a sports-type version of the scarf. That version contains a Velcro strap under the chin and is permitted by the Canadian Soccer Association. The association says sports hijabs will be allowed on the field as long as they have been inspected by the referee before a game begins. (CFFR)

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