“It’s about time the hijab was shown on the pitch of a football stadium.”
That was the message of a local Muslim woman who has led a group of local Muslim women to wear the headscarf during a match in Alleluia in Italy.
The team, which is led by the women of the Allelya district of Turin, is playing a match against the Parma squad from the Turin city of Livorno.
The Allelys are wearing the hijab, a headscarves worn by Muslims in the Islamic world, on their backs during their match against Livorno on Thursday (24 September).
“We don’t want to wear a headcovering because we know that the game is important,” said the coach of the team, Miriam, who is from the district of Maserio.
“It’s important for us to show respect for the Muslim community.
The hijab is a symbol of respect, and this team doesn’t want the head covering.”
We also want to respect our Muslim neighbours, who have to take care of our families.
We are a team of young women, who are from the Muslim area, and we want to show that we are a part of the community.
“They are giving me a good example.””
I want to thank the women from my district for their courage and for showing their support to me,” Miriam said.
“They are giving me a good example.”
I hope the players of the local team show respect to their opponents, and I want to give a big shout out to all the women who participated in this campaign.
The local team is in the final of a youth league organised by the local Muslim community to help build self-confidence. “
The Alles are always looking for new opportunities,” Miria said.
The local team is in the final of a youth league organised by the local Muslim community to help build self-confidence.
The Allezl girls’ team won the first edition of the competition in 2013.
“They are a small village, and they are looking for more opportunities,” said Miriam.
“We want to encourage young women to be successful, so that they can go to higher education and to get jobs.”
“I want my team to represent the region and the community,” Mirian added.
“In the future, they will also represent the city of Turini.”