UAE FA warns over 40 players about 'unethical' haircuts - reports
The United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) has sent letters to over 40 players warning them about their "unethical hair," according to the BBC.
A UAEFA law brought in last year states that players have to abide by certain guidelines for haircuts -- based on the Islamic teachings of "Qaza" where styles are banned that see only part of the head shaved.
After receiving a written warning, players have one game to change their hairstyle or face a fine and then a suspension.
According to Middle Eastern football website Ahdaaf, former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan (on loan at Dubai-based Al Ahli from Shanghai SIPG) is among those on the list. But Al-Ain and UAE national team star Omar Abdulrahman's haircut was not deemed to be an issue.
Al Shabab striker Nana Poku revealed that he was told to change his mohawk when he first arrived at the club on loan from Egypt's Misr Lel-Makkasa this winter.
"When I came here, my hair was not like this -- it was very tall," Poku told Sport360. "They told me that in the UAE, it is not done like this.
"You see that I have now cut it. I did not feel happy, but it is okay. I have never been fined before. I do not know if they will make this. I heard that everybody could make like this. I will leave my hair like this."
There are similar regulation in other leagues. In 2012, Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah had his "un-Islamic" hair cut on the sidelines.
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