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FIFA questions Nigerian ban on lesbian soccer players

  • Soccer’s governing body FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Association following reports that lesbians have been banned from playing the sport in the West African nation.

    A FIFA spokesman, who reiterated the move was a preliminary inquiry, made the announcement on Thursday.

    According to Nigerian media reports, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, head of the country's women's soccer league, has been quoted as saying lesbian players would not be allowed to compete.

    "Any player that we find is associated with it will be disqualified," said Onyedinma.

    "We will call the club chairmen to control their players, and such players will not be able to play for the national team," she added.

    Gay rights campaigners, including the Federation of Gay Games, Football v Homophobia and AllOut, have already written to FIFA president Sepp Blatter over the alleged ban.

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