These girls know how to play fair.
When Colorado referees told high school soccer player Samah Aidah she had to sit out of a game for wearing her hijab, her teammates decided to take matters into their own hands.
Overland High School’s entire varsity soccer team donned headscarves in honor of Aidah, a move that helped the young Denver woman get back on the field.
“The refs wouldn’t let Samah play with her hijab so today we all wore one for the game #lovemyteam #letsamahplay,” wrote teammate Divine Davis in a Twitter post that quickly went viral.
Davis told Aquila-Style that the trouble happened during a game against a rival school on March 12.
The referees reportedly told Aidah that wearing a hijab on the field was “dangerous.”
The move to ban the young girl from the playing field came despite FIFA’s recent decision to lift the ban on hijabs and turbans during soccer games. The organization now supports male and female players who wear head coverings for religious purposes.
Regardless of the rules, Davis and other members of the Overland Trailblazers just thought the referees were being unfair.
“I think it is okay for girls to play sports in their hijabs and they should not be questioned or restricted from playing. No matter what sports,” Davis said.
For the next game, the team members showed their support by wearing their own headscarves.
“We took this picture before the game and Samah was able to play,” Davis said.
Even though they didn’t win the game, the Trailblazers learned that thousands around the globe had their backs.
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