2 Mar 2012

UN asks FIFA to allow women to wear headscarves

8:36 am on 2 March 2012

The United Nations has asked FIFA to overturn its ban on allowing women footballers to wear a hijab, the Islamic headscarf.

Issa Hayatou, the president of the African football confederation, and China's Zhang Jilong, the acting head of the Asian Football Confederation, have also given their support, along with a number of Premier League players in England.

Jordan's Prince Ali Al Hussein, at 36 the youngest member of FIFA's executive committee, says he'll be very disappointed for millions of women players if the International Football Association Board, which has its AGM this weekend in England, doesn't reverse the decision it made in March 2007.