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Lax FIFA policing of political interference in football focuses on Egypt

By James M. Dorsey World football body FIFA has dispatched investigators to Egypt to probe allegations of government interference as the country prepares for potentially risky bids to host two international tournaments, the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup and the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The FIFA investigation and the bids come against the …

Daily News Egypt

Football now a game of inclusion for Muslim women

By Jens Juul Petersen BEIRUT: Many female Muslim football players are celebrating a recent decision by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), football’s international governing body, to allow them to test a specially designed headscarf. The decision will be reviewed after a four-month test period. FIFA has prohibited headscarves since 2007, but this new decision, …

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FIFA lifts headscarf ban on female players

By Rob Harris / AP BAGSHOT, England: The International Football Association Board annual meeting took a step toward clearing the way for female Muslim players to wear hijabs during games, five years after banning the headscarves because of safety reasons. FIFA Vice President Prince Ali on Jordan gave a presentation to show how headscarves can be …

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