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Football hijab ban 'could be lifted'

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World football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), is testing out a new hijab design which may result in the overturning of a ban on headscarves in international women's football matches.

Critics say the ban - on the grounds of health and safety - prevents some Muslim women from being able to play at the top levels. Now it seems the ban could be lifted this summer, if a hijab designed in the Netherlands gets the final approval of the IFAB, which is made up of Fifa and Britain's four national football associations. Anna Holligan reports from Utrecht.


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