Quebec girl ordered off soccer pitch
Another Muslim girl in Quebec has been told she can't play soccer because she was wearing a hijab.
Rayane Benatti, 9, was told to leave the field at a game last weekend, after the association said her hijab was a safety hazard.
“It’s very sad,” said Fatima Benatti, Rayane’s mother. “I don’t want to accept this because she’s a child who just wants to play,”
It all happened at Jack Eyamie in Masson Angers days after FIFA—the international organization that governs soccer-- released a new ruling on the hijab which had previously been banned from the game.
The ruling said the International Football Association Board agreed to unanimously approved, for a temporarily trial period, the wearing of headscarves .
The ruling went on to say the design, colour and material permitted will be defined and confirmed following the IFAB annual meeting in October.
Marc St. Amour of the Outauoais Soccer Association hasn’t yet ruled on what kind of hijabs are safe on the field.
Soccer officials in Quebec say they will revisit the decision once the requirements for safe headscarves are released after October.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Ellen Mauro.