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Iran Women's Olympic Dream Crushed By Dress Code Ruling

Farideh Shojaei is vice president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Football Federation (IRIFF) for women's affairs
Iran's hopes of competing in the London 2012 Olympic women's soccer tournament have been crushed by a ruling that their Islamic dress broke FIFA rules.

Iran is complaining to the world soccer body after its women were banned from playing, moments before an Olympic qualifier against Jordan last week, due to their full-body uniform that includes a head scarf.

FIFA said Iranian officials were "informed thoroughly" before the June 3 match against Jordan that the hijab scarf covering a women's neck is banned for safety reasons.

compiled from agency reports