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CAIR Ignores Muslim Soccer Player’s Safety

From Canada’s CBC News:


Muslim girl ejected from tournament for wearing hijab

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Five young teams from across Canada walked out of a Quebec soccer tournament Sunday because a young Muslim girl was ejected for wearing a hijab.

Calling the rule banning the headscarf worn by Muslim women racist, four other teams followed Asmahan Mansour’s team, the Nepean Selects from Ottawa, after she was thrown out for running afoul of a Quebec Soccer Association rule.

“The referee was staring and pointing. ‘She can’t play,’” said Asmahan, Asi to her friends. “I was like why? Why can’t I play?”

Because of a safety rule, league spokesman Lyes Arfa said. He pointed out that the referee is Muslim himself, and that the ban on hijabs is to protect children from being accidentally strangled.

“We have to protect the players on the field, and that’s the main point. It’s not against the Muslims.”

And the league had told organizers about the rule — “The wearing of the Islamic veil or any other religious item is not permitted” — before the game.

Asi’s team was aware of the rule, but didn’t expect it would be enforced.

So when it was, many players and adults were outraged.

Girls backed up teammate

“I automatically went back to the referee: ‘Are you sure this is what you wanna do?’” said Louis Maneiro, the Selects’ head coach. When nothing changed, he said, “I just decided that there’s no way that I would allow our team to continue, and the girls backed up Asi very strongly.”

Asi’s teammates supported the move. “I felt disgraced, I was crushed, I couldn’t see Asi like that,” said Lisa Furano. 

“It’s just a piece of material, it can’t do any harm,” added Alicia Stainton.

The Selects left the tournament in good spirits. But they say they won’t come back until the rule changes.

When I was in school we were prohibited from wearing anything, such as St. Christopher medals, which might get accidentally snagged and cause injuries.

I suppose we should have sued. But we didn’t have an organization like CAIR looking out for us.

From a breathless press release:

Asi and teamates on the Nepean Selects.

Asi and teamates on the Nepean Selects

CAIR Applauds Support for Muslim Soccer Player

Muslim girl wearing scarf ejected from tournament, other teams walk out in protest

Monday, February 26, 2007

Muslim girl wearing scarf ejected from tournament, other teams walk out in protest

(Ottawa, Canada – Feb 26, 2007) ­ The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today applauded the “tremendous” support given to a Muslim soccer player who was ejected from a Quebec tournament because she was wearing a religiously-mandated headscarf, or “hijab.”

Five other teams from across Canada walked out the tournament Sunday after the Muslim player was thrown out because of a Quebec Soccer Association rule against the hijab. The association claims the ban is a safety issue.

“The tremendous support shown for the Muslim player is an indication that common sense and respect for religious differences are more powerful than arbitrary rules,” said CAIR-CAN Executive Director Karl Nickner. He said any remote possibility of a safety issue could easily be handled through creative solutions such as Velcro fasteners on the player’s scarf.

Nickner noted that even male professional soccer players sometimes wear headgear such as sweat bands and bandanas without fear of injury. In fact, some players wear special protective devices on their heads to prevent injury from “headers.”

CAIR-CAN say they will work with the soccer association to resolve the issue in a way that satisfies both safety requirements and the need to accommodate the girl’s religious rights.

CONTACT: Sarah Elgazzar, CAIR-CAN Spokesperson at 514.776.6566, Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator at 613.795.2012, or Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN Executive Director at 613.254.9704 or 613.853.4111

As the first article noted, the referee is a Muslim himself. And that wearing such clothing is against the soccer league’s rules.

But what other religion or group insists that every rule be changed to suit them?

Why doesn’t CAIR care about the safety of Muslim soccer players? Will CAIR be responsible for any potential injuries and their concomitant lawsuits?

Of course not.

All CAIR cares about is perpetuating the lie that Muslims are endlessly discriminated against in non-Muslim countries.

And raising money — from ignorance and hatred (and probably terrorists).

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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