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Tuesday, February 27, 2007


This is one of those stories that I love…

Seems Louis Maneiro, the coach of the Nepean Hotspurs soccer (you know, World Cup game? – football for my European friends) team pulled his girls under-12 team from the ARS Laval Indoor National Tourney in protest…

What was he protesting?

During the third game of the tournament, as 11 year-old striker Asmahan Mansour stepped onto the field, she was told by one of the referees she would have to remove her hijab, the traditional muslim head scarf citing safety issues.

Mr Maneiro saw it as discrimination against the player’s religious beliefs, argued with the officials of the tournament to no avail. He then felt compelled to pull his team, with the full support of his players and their parents’ and vowed never to return to the tournament again.

A representative of the Quebec Soccer Federation stated that the rules of the international governing body of soccer, FIFA, prohibit wearing any jewelry and all headgear as a safety concern. She is quoted as saying: "If it (meaning the hijab) becomes untucked and the player is running on a breakaway, for example, and another player pulls on it, I would imagine it would be quite a jar to the neck and head of the player wearing the headgear."

This rule is not enforced uniformly, the fact that Miss Mansour was allowed to play 2 games in the tourney prior to this call is an illustration of this.

The same representative of the Quebec Soccer Federation stated that as all jewelry is also banned, if a Catholic player wanted to play wearing a crucifix, she would also be asked to remove it, or told to stay off the field and that claims of religious discrimination are unfounded.

Any thoughts?

Oh… by the way... there is no formal ruling in FIFA about headgear. Seems questions regarding the safety of the athlete are left up to the referee’s discretion. The FIFA rule the Quebec official referred to simply states that a player "must not use equipment or wear anything which is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry.)"

Did I mention the referee in this controversy is a Muslim?

Well.. I for one applaud Mr Maneiro, Asmahan, her teammates and the 5 other teams from the Ottawa region that withdrew in solidarity. In a world where you hear about coaches that scream and become violent, and put winning above all else, it's refreshing to hear one stood up for his values and that those values were put before the team winning a tournament.

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Blogger Phil said ... (7:50 PM) : 

Hi Anndi,

I agree with you, it's not the winning a game but how you play the game that matters. I really love your blog, very nice. I am also glad that we have blues music in common. It's a nice to share some things.

Love you Anndi,


Blogger Bond said ... (8:01 PM) : 

Anndi, my dear friend...You are so correct in your assessment of this situation.

So the FIFA official cited the situation that, if the hijab became untucked and another player pulled on it, it could cause an injury...

Dear FIFA Official, I don't know the rules of soccer (football) very well, but, if I am correct, it is a penalty to pull a player down by the shirt or the shorts or any body ummm the thing that is AGAINST THE RULES is pulling an opposing player to the ground.

Now if I pulled someone down by the collar of their shirt, I could cause the same injury as pulling on the hijab, couldn't I.


Also, Loved the commercial- those women are incredibly athletic...

I just wonder if any of them could hit a 9" round object with a curved object that is 2.25" in diameter, thrown at 90 MPH from 60'6" away???

What has been called the most difficult feat in all of sports...



Blogger Travis said ... (10:07 PM) : 

Rules that are enforced "at the discretion of the referee" have no place in sport. It's either a rule and it's enforced in all situations, or it's not a rule and it should be stricken from the books.

"Should the hijab become untucked..." What a load!!

Should the player's shirt become untucked...

Should the player's shorts fall down over his/her ass because they are too damn baggy.

For cripes sake!


Blogger Anndi said ... (11:10 PM) : 


It was nice to see a coach be a role model for something so positive.
Thank you for the compliment, it's nice to hear.
LOVE the blues Phil.

It is nice to share...



Blogger Anndi said ... (12:03 AM) : 


TY! I can't tell you how angry I was at this blatant display of prejudice.
Safety issue my sweet patootie!

I'm surprised they don't have the kids play naked!

Oh.. and it was a Quebec Soccer Federation official who was referring to a FIFA rule... and misintrepreting it at that!


I'm far more impressed at the sustain cardio vascular effort they put out..


Smooches, Hugs and Rubs!


I just think they were afraid she might whip it off.. blindfold an opponent who would miss their kick and end up hitting a ref squarely in the family jewels ...

It's a crock is what it is!


Blogger julie said ... (8:20 AM) : 

Yup that exactly what I was thinking, Ann...let 'em play nekkid! Sheesh.

Fantabulous video Sweet Ann! WOW!


Blogger Anndi said ... (10:48 PM) : 


LOLOL great minds think alike!



Blogger Angell said ... (10:26 AM) : 

I heard about this on the radio and thought that it was just ridiculous.

I mean, and with no disrespect intended, the Canadian government has allowed the Muslims to bastardize our mounty uniforms in the RCMP by allowing religious headgear and swords, and this is a uniform that represents our country to the world.

And yet a 11 year old girl isn't allowed to wear hers? It's not a safety issue - from all accounts, the hajib is fastened so tightly that for it to come accidentally undone during a soccer game is completely implausible (ok my spelling sucks). They are made to withstand sand storms in their native country.

There is truly something wrong.


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