Despite FIFA deciding that footballers can cover their heads with headscarves or turbans earlier this month, a US high school referee took exception to teenager Samah Aidah’s own hijab in Aurora, Colorado.
Aidah was prevented from participating in the match as a result, so next time out her team-mates – and coaching staff at Overland High School – all donned the hijab.
The whole team, not just Muslim players.
They posed for the traditional team photo, which subsequently went viral on Twitter:
the refs wouldn't let Samah play with her hijab so today we all wore one for the game #lovemyteam#letsamahplay pic.twitter.com/egHI3KCUzd
— Divine Davis (@DivineDavis) March 14, 2014
Shot out to Overland girls soccer for standing up for what's right! Very Proud of you young ladies! — Pierce J. Fair (@KingNegronidas) March 16, 2014
@DivineDavis from fairview high school to you guys, much respect. You guys have a lot of class great character. Way to stand ^ 4 whats right
— Gaelyn Crowder (@GaelynCrowder) March 16, 2014
Whatever your views on the headscarf – and in addition to FIFA’s statutes, the US constitution’s First Amendment supports the right to wear one – this is a touching example of team spirit.
Bravo, girls of Overland High School.
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