Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is among more than 40 players to have been found guilty of having “unethical hair” under United Arab Emirates Football Association guidelines.
The 31-year-old Ghanaian is on loan at Dubai-based Arabian Gulf League sideAl Ahli from Shanghai SIPG.
In 2012, Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah was told to cut his “un-Islamic” hair by the referee before playing for his club side Al Shabab.
The Saudi rule bans mohawk-style cuts.
It is unclear what criteria the UAEFA are basing their own guidelines on.
When I last perused the Koran, I couldn’t find anything about ‘unethical’ hair. Things could always be worse, of course. Under ISIS, Gyan’s hairstyle would have been altered only after his head had been removed from his shoulders.