#AceWorldNews says that FIFA, football’s world governing body, authorized Saturday the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches after a two-year testing period proved they do not pose a significant risk of injury.
The decision by FIFA will allow female players to wear the veil during games and will be extended to male players after a request from the Sikh community of Canada.
Although what men will be allowed to wear will not be the same as what they wear off the pitch.
“It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play,” said Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in Zurich, Switzerland.
“It was decided that male players can play with a head cover too.
It will be a basic head cover and the colour should be the same as the team jersey,” he added.
“It’s a worldwide authorization:
- It was a plus for them to have authorization from IFAB for women to be able to play (wearing head covers).
- It was a request from these (Muslim) countries that said it would help support women’s football there,” Valcke said.
#AceWorldNews says after immigration vote, Swiss have to rework Croatia labour deal according to ZURICH (Reuters).
Switzerland has told the newest European Union member, Croatia, that it will not be able to sign a labour market pact as planned on July 1, following a shock referendum vote in favour of immigration curbs.