Iran to complain FIFA over banning of women``s team for hijab

Tehran: Iran will file a complaint against the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) official, who banned the country`s women football team from playing in an Olympics qualifier match, over their hijab.

According to media reports, a FIFA official had banned the Iranian women`s national soccer team from playing against Jordan in the second round of the qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympic Games as the entire team was wearing hijab.

"We have already held talks with the president of the FIFA about the participation of Iranian women in matches with full Islamic hijab. Unfortunately, however, I do not know why the official in charge of the matches refused to let our team play. Therefore, we will file a complaint to FIFA against the official in charge of the games," a news agency quoted the Iranian Football Federation Chief, Ali Kaffashian, as saying.

Jordan was declared winner after the Iranian team refused to remove their hijab.


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