FIFA Queries NFF Over Ban On Lesbian Footballers

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FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Federation over reports that lesbians had been banned from playing football in the country.

A FIFA spokesman who confirmed the letter however emphasised it was a preliminary inquiry.

It has been widely reported in Nigerian media that Dilichukwu Onyedinma, head of the country’s women’s football league said lesbian players would not be allowed to compete.

“Any player that we find is associated with it will be disqualified,” Onyedinma was quoted as saying, adding,“We will call the club chairmen to control their players, and such players will not be able to play for the national team”.

Gay rights campaigners including the Federation of Gay Games, the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation said they had written to FIFA president Sepp Blatter about the alleged ban.

The Nigeria Football Federation however denied ever receiving any query from FIFA. NFF Assistant Director, Media, Ademola Olajire yesterday told newsmen that the football house was yet to receive any such correspondent from the world football governing body.

“We don’t have any such query so I cannot comment on media reports,” he said.

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