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Arson attack on Israeli football club that signed Muslim players
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(Reuters) – A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team’s recruitment of Muslim players, police said.




Israel’s ultra-racist Beitar Jerusalem football team in uproar over hiring of Muslim players from Chechyna
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Eli Cohen, the manager of Israel’s notoriously racist Beitar Jerusalem football team, has tried to calm fans angered by a decision to recruit two players from the Russian Premier League side FC Terek Grozny which is based in the capital of the Muslim-majority region of Chechyna.




France football to outlaw hijab despite green light
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PARIS — The French Football Federation (FFF) said Friday that it would “not authorise players to wear a veil” while playing for France or in organised competitions, a day after world footballing authorities said the hijab could be worn on the pitch.




Fifa appears ready to fix football’s Hijab issue once & for all
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By Niloufar Momeni

In June this year, the Iran women’s national team forfeited an Olympic qualifier after they were not allowed to wear head scarves, but will episodes like this soon become history?




Weightlifting Organization Modifies Clothing Rule for Muslim Woman
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Disputes over what female Muslim athletes can wear have arisen in soccer, swimming, track, gymnastics and, most recently, weightlifting, putting the athletes in the difficult situation of having to choose between their religion and their sport.




Lesley Hazelton: Soccer v. Headscarf: 0-1
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More absurdity this week: FIFA, the international governing body of football, banned the Iranian women’s soccer team from an Olympic qualifying event because the players wear hijab — Islamic headscarves. The official reason: safety. Wearing ahijab while playing “could cause choking injuries.”




Iran to file complaint over FIFA hijab ban
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“We have already held talks with the president of the International Federation of Association Football about the participation of Iranian women in matches with full Islamic hijab,” said head of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) Ali Kaffashian.