Khartoum — The Islamic Fiqh Council in Sudan issued a fatwa (religious order) saying that it is forbidden for the country to create a women soccer team deeming it an immoral act.
The religious authority said that any request made by FIFA in this regard is not an excuse to bypass Sharia’a law or allow any exception.
This ruling was in response to an opinion asked for by Al-Sheik Dafalla Hassab al-Rasool who is a member of the Legislative and Justice committee in the parliament. He said that the national assembly will soon summon the relevant authority for a hearing on the matter.
The Islamic Fiqh Council said in its decision that it has previously made a similar fatwa in 2006 by which it banned establishing a soccer league for women.
It added that for Sudanese females to go play soccer in Africa, Asia and Europe is a breach of Sudanese ethics and values.
Last November Sudan participated in a seminar that took place in South Africa which discussed women soccer in Africa and challenges faced.
Sudan was represented by Laila Khalid who is a member of the country’s soccer association. At the time she said that she hopes the seminar reflects positively on female soccer in Sudan.
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