Nine-year-old Quebec girl pulled from soccer tournament for wearing hijab
A nine-year-old Gatineau, Que., girl who refused to remove her headscarf was forced to stand on the sidelines as her team played — and won — the final match of a soccer tournament.
The order came just days after the International Football Association Board voted to lift its hijab ban based on the fact “there is no medical literature concerning injuries as a result of wearing a headscarf,” the organization stated on its website.
Rayane Benatti was told to take off her headscarf for safety reasons, but she refused.
“It made me feel very sad,” she said. “I love soccer.” (Photo: Bruno Schlumberger/Ottawa Citizen)