Het dispuut tussen FIFA en Iraanse en Jordaanse vrouwen over het recht een hoofddoek te dragen, verspreidt zich nu over de gehele wereld. Zo ook in Canada waar scheidsrecther Sarah Benkirane een hoofddoek draagt.
A Canadian soccer referee, Sarah Benkirane, was barred this week by Quebec’s Lac St. Louis Regional Soccer Association because she wears a hijab, a religious headdress that covers a woman’s hair, neck and ears in accordance with conservative Muslim dress code.
The 15-year-old referee had been refereeing games on Montreal’s West Island and Vaudreuil for the past two years but was informed by association officials this week that she had been barred because of world soccer body FIFA rules prohibiting religious garments on the pitch.
“I always felt like I was equal growing up in Canada, so I don’t understand why they’re going to take this right away from me,” Ms. Benkirane, who has worn a hijab since she was 12, told Canadian broadcaster CBC.
“It’s just a sign of my modesty and how I choose to express myself. I thought we were free to practice religion in this country if you’re not hurting anyone else, and I’m not hurting anyone else,” Ms. Benkirane said.