Ahmadinejad is Mad at FiFA; Calls Them Dictators

Seems as if noone likes FIFA right now. I am sure that if they had a choice they would rebrand with a name change and ask everyone to start using their hands to play rather than their feet. What’s that? Say? There is already a sport like that? Oh it is that rather camp sport called handball.

Now the latest on the list of those who don’t like the suits at FIFA is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Now you would think that if the west were to dump you, you would at least take refuge with the Ahmadinejads of this world.

Not so. On account of the fact that the Iranian women’s national team wanted to wear their full-body kit as well as headscarves in line with Islamic law and FIFA didn’t want them to. So they were prevented from playing an Olympic qualifier in Jordan and they forfeited the match 3-0.

Iranian women's football team react to match being banned

FIFA said the gear was simply in violation of FIFA regulations. Ahmadinejad was having none of it:

These are the dictators and colonialists who want to impose their lifestyle on others… We will deal with those who carried out this ugly job. We follow definite rights of our girls.

I kinda get his point. I mean the fact of the matter is that Islamic women shouldn’t have to violate their religious code in order to be able to kick a football. Surely some common sense should have been used here.

Question is, what happens if some tribe comes and says they should have the right to play topless? Not that we would complain…