Iran women’s Olympic dream crushed by dress code ruling

Iran were warned about dress code rules which led to their women’s team being banned from an Olympic qualifying match last week, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said on Monday.

Iran had said it would complain to FIFA after the women’s team were stopped from playing a second-round qualifier for next year’s London Olympics because of their full-body strip, which includes a head scarf and conforms to the Islamic dress code.

Opponents Jordan were awarded a 3-0 win and Iranian officials said the decision could cost them a place in the 2012 Games.

FIFA said both teams had been reminded before Friday’s match about its rules and that, as a result, Jordan had decided not to select several players.Read more

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