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FIFAs beslutning om å tillate hijab vekker reaksjoner hos franske feminister. Man tror en av grunnene til at politikken ble endret var at Qatar skal være vert for fotball-VM i 2022:

«We can see the influence of prince Ali Bin al Hussein, who is one of the vice presidents of FIFA and, of course, of Qatar,» said an anonymous source reported by the newspaper.

In December a number of women’s organisations wrote an open letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter to demand the ban on the veil be kept in place.

These included the international women’s rights groups Ligue Internationale des Femmes, Femix’sports and Coordination Française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes (CLEF).

FN sluttet seg til kampanjen for å oppheve forbudet. Man forstår at hijab dermed handlet om storpolitikk, og staters prestisje.

The United Nations has joined the campaign to overturn the ban on the hijab in football four days before the sport’s rule makers are due to review the decision.

While Olympic sports such as rugby and taekwondo allow Muslim women to wear the headscarf in competition, soccer is opposed for safety reasons.

Last year the Iran women’s soccer team were prevented from playing their 2012 Olympic second round qualifying match against Jordan because they refused to remove their hijabs before kickoff.

Det avgjørende er selvsagt hvor man spiller. I Europa oppfattes hijab som et politisk uttrykk, og noen tar det som en provokasjon. Politikk er ellers holdt utenfor idrett.

On Sunday, a referee refused to officiate a women’s football match when players for one of the teams took to the pitch wearing headscarves.

The incident involved players from two southwestern teams, Petit-Bard Montpellier and Narbonne.

The Langeudoc-Roussillon league must now decide whether to order the match to be replayed.

Feminists line up against football veil ruling