AP Interview: Prince Ali wants Asian clout in FIFA

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prince Ali bin Al Hussein is hoping to bring more "positive change" to FIFA after spearheading a campaign against a ban on Islamic women wearing hijabs during soccer matches.

The Jordanian prince said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that fighting the ban was one of his first challenges since becoming a FIFA vice president last year.

He said he was pleased that the International Football Association Board took a step this month toward allowing female players to wear hijabs, five years after banning the headscarves during matches because of safety reasons. Velcro fasteners have been tested and ratification of the decision is expected in July.

The 36-year-old Jordanian prince is the youngest member of FIFA's 24-member executive committee.

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