Fifa tackle Nigerian FA over lesbian ban

Comment on this story
Nigeria_Falcons Gallo Images Nigeria's Falcons seen here ahead of a match against Banyana Banyana in Lagos in June last year.

Berne – Soccer's governing body Fifa have written to the Nigerian Football Association over reports that lesbians had been banned from playing football in the West African nation.

A Fifa spokesman confirmed the letter but emphasised it was a preliminary inquiry.

Nigerian media reports have widely quoted Dilichukwu Onyedinma, head of the country's women's football league, as saying lesbian players would not be allowed to compete.

“Any player that we find is associated with it will be disqualified,” Onyedinma was quoted as saying.

“We will call the club chairmen to control their players, and such players will not be able to play for the national team,” she added.

Gay rights campaigners including the Federation of Gay Games, the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (www.eglsf.info), Football v Homophobia and AllOut (www.allout.org) said they had written to Fifa president Sepp Blatter about the alleged ban.

“The organisations sending this letter believe that Fifa must now take firm,” said the campaigners in a statement. – Reuters


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.