Should the wearing of the hijab be allowed during football competitions? The French Council of State considered the question on Monday, examining the appeal of the collective of “Hijabeuses” against the National Football Federation (FFF) which prohibits them from playing veiled.
This group is challenging before the highest administrative court in the country Article 1 of the FFF regulations which prohibits “any wearing of a sign or outfit ostensibly showing political, philosophical, religious or trade union affiliation”.
The Council of State will make its decision within three weeks. During the hearing, the public rapporteur, who says the law and whose opinion is generally followed, went in the direction of the collective. He recommended the cancellation of this article 1 and asked that the FFF modify its rules. If he felt that the question could arise for the players selected for the France team, where they represent “the Nation” and carry out “a public service mission”, the question is “far more debatable” for the other licensed players. of the FFF.
There is no “proselytism” or “provocation” in wearing the hijab alone, and no “requirement of neutrality” for these players, he also said. Contrary to the ban on wearing the veil in schools in particular, where the possibility of following private education authorizing religious symbols exists, the FFF has a “monopoly” on the organization of competitions, recalled the public rapporteur. Under the current FFF regulations, players wearing the veil are “excluded”, and “should give up all competition and all careers”.
“What is sought is the importation into football of community demands”, an attack “to live together”, replied Me Loïc Poupot, lawyer for the FFF.
“Our fight is not political, not religious, it concerns sport and only sport”, assured the press after the hearing Founé Diawara, president of the collective of Muslim women Les Hijabeuses. “There are women who every weekend are excluded from the pitch because they wear a veil,” she said. “All we want is to play football.”
These players invoke their “freedom of conscience”, guaranteed by the Constitution, and recall that FIFA, the world football body, since 2014 has authorized players to play in international competition with their veil.
Should the wearing of the hijab be allowed during football competitions? The French Council of State looked into the question on Monday, examining the appeal of the collective of “Hijabeuses” against the National Football Federation (FFF) which prohibits them from playing veiled.
This group is contesting before the highest administrative court in…
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