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FIFA OKs Islamic hijab for women

Updated: July 5, 2012, 2:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- Soccer's rules-making panel approved headscarves for female Muslim players on Thursday, reversing a ban on the Islamic hijab that's been enforced in FIFA competitions since 2007.

The panel, known as IFAB, gave its approval to the headscarves after FIFA's medical committee decided two scarf designs do not threaten the safety of female players. The approved designs use quick-release velcro fasteners and magnets.

Soccer rules prohibit equipment that is dangerous or makes religious ...

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