US girl pulled from game for wearing headscarf

The 12-year-old Maheen Haq was in tears after she was called out.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 15:43 PM IST

Hagerstown: A Muslim mother and father from Maryland say they were upset when a referee made their daughter sit out the first half of a basketball game because of safety concerns about her headscarf.

Dr Mohammad and Anina Haq said on Tuesday that 12-year-old Maheen was allowed back in the game on Saturday wearing her head covering after Mid-Maryland Girls Basketball league officials conferred on liability issues.

They say their daughter was in tears after she was called out.

League scheduler Jim Shannon tells The Frederick News-Post that a referee was concerned because the headscarf wraps around the neck.

Another league official says the by-laws will be amended to allow for headscarves if the parents assume liability.

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