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Pakistani, Afghan officials hail headscarf approval in football

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Pakistani and Afghan sports officials have hailed a decision by football's world governing body to lift a ban on head coverings, saying this will allow more Islamic girls to take up the sport. 

Iranian women footballers run with the national flag at a stadium in Amman on June 3, 2011 moments after they were barred from playing an Olympic qualifier against Jordan for wearing the traditional Islamic headscarf

FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches, allowing women who wear a veil in everyday life to cover their heads during matches and men to wear turbans.

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