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So they let her play. FIFA also revoked a ban on head coverings a month ago, making the ref's decision a silly one (though apparently he was just following the rules.) See below for an update from a Colorado ref who knows more than I do about such things.


By Overland girl's soccer player Divine Davis. Additional information found on NY Daily News.

Update: A commenter just wrote me to say, "As a USSF and high school soccer referee in Colorado, the rules were no caps, scarves or other headwear. FIFA recently changed its interpretation to allow these type or scarves. Right after this incident, Colorado high school referees got a clarification to allow them as well. The rules on allowable items worn has always been about safety to the player and others. The new guidelines allow this type of item unless the referee thinks it is unsafe."

Thankfully there are sports hijabs that keep safety in mind (a standard one could get grabbed and choke a player.)

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