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Asamoah Gyan ruled to have ‘unethical hair’

We often hear about footballers bringing the game into disrepute for things they say or do off the pitch – controversial tweets, being drunk in the street, that sort of thing – but never before have players been castigated for their hairstyle. Until now, that is.

Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan is one of 46 players who have received written warnings about their “unethical hair” under United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines.

The former Sunderland forward, currently playing on loan for Dubai-based side Al Ahli, has been pulled up because of his penchant for having motifs shaved into his head. ‘Qaza’ hairstyles – where only part of the head is shaved – is banned under some Islamic teachings.

In the UAE, match referees can judge the appropriateness of a haircut and some operate a strict interpretation, apparently due to concerns that children may want to copy their heroes’ hairstyles.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2012, Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah was deemed to have “un-Islamic” hair by the referee and told to cut it before he played for his side, Al Shabab.

Gyan and the others have been sent a warning letter by the UAEFA. If they don’t comply with it, they risk a fine and then suspension.