Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Wow, you can't make this stuff up. Check out this news article. Apparently, the Quebec Soccer Federation has upheld a local soccer association's decision to fire a teenage referee for wearing a religious head scarf while refereeing soccer. The local association says they are "only following FIFA rules that say hijabs are a choking hazard." Perhaps for players, but for the referee? I looked on the FIFA site. All I found was this article about an IFAB meeting. At the bottom, you'll notice that the IFAB decided the hijab is addressed by Law 4 (Players equipment). Obviously, this does not apply to referees. What are your thoughts on this issue? For me, I say she should be allowed to referee. I don't see a problem.