FIFA petitions NFF over ban on Lesbian players

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Following the stand of the executive board of Nigeria’s Women League,with zero tolerance on Lesbianism,world football governing body,FIFA have petitioned the Nigeria Football Federation on such decision.

Only last week head of the Women’s league,Dilichukwu Onyedinma,said “Any player that we find is associated with it will be disqualified,” Onyedinma was quoted as saying.

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

A FIFA spokesman confirmed a letter was sent to the NFF, but emphasised that it was a preliminary inquiry, Reuters reported.

Gay rights campaigners including the Federation of Gay Games said that they have written to FIFA President Sepp Blatter concerning the situation.

FIFA will be boxed in a corner concerning what decision they will take,as homosexuality is illegal under Nigerian law and only needs the approval of President Goodluck Jonathan to become law in Nigeria.

The NFF however denied getting any petition from FIFA.

“We don’t have anything like that; if there was, it would have been discussed at the meeting today (Thursday). It is possible some people will deliberately bring up the issue to create controversy on the internet, but we’re not going to react to everything on the internet,” Image maker of the NFF,Ademola Olajire said.



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