The Iranian Football team has chucked one of its female football player out of the national team for playing without a hijab while on a personal trip to Switzerland.
Shiva Amini was on holiday. She took part in a game with a group of men and officials from the Iranian Futsal Federation waded through her social media accounts to find a picture of her playing in a pair of shorts and without a headscarf. The veil has been a mandatory dress requirement for women in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and officials suspended her from the national team.
Speaking out against the decision, the footballer said sport is more important than any veil.
‘The hijab should be an unimportant issue for us, the female players,’ she said.
‘I received a note from the federation to say not only had I played without a veil, but also I dared to play with boys.
‘So I was disqualified and I was removed from the national team.
‘I was told this behaviour would cause me a lot of headaches’
The picture which was found on Social Media did not go well with the football organisers who are always critical when it comes to following the rules. This is not the first time it has happened.
In February 2017, two leading youth chess players chess-playing siblings Dorsa and Borna Derakhshani were banned from tournaments in Iran after the sister failed to wear a hijab and her brother played an Israeli.