My Mideast Punchlines: hair today, gone tomorrow…

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.

biffWhen 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.

 

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