Iranian woman applies for asylum after Iranian officials see her playing soccer with men without wearing hijab

A new fatwa by Egyp’s al-Azhar University says [quoting Egypt Independent] “that it is compulsory for women in Islam to wear the veil, while those who deny this are ‘extremist’ and ‘abnormal.'”

Daily Mail Online, December 12, 2017.

A top-class Iranian footballer has filed for asylum in Switzerland because she faces jail at home for playing without a hijab while wearing shorts and in a match alongside men.

Five-a-side international Shiva Amini, 28, was on a personal holiday in Switzerland in March when the Iranian FA spotted pictures of her wearing shorts while playing in a match with friends.

The veil has been a mandatory dress requirement for women in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979

She was on holiday in Switzerland when she decided to take part in a kick-about with a group of men

She was dropped and barred from the national side as well as being banned from coaching or playing in league teams.

Amini has now stayed in Switzerland, fearing arrest on her return home and now thinks there is no safe way for her to return to her old life.

‘I cannot go back to Iran. I would be arrested at the airport and put in jail,’ she said.

An unnamed Swiss asylum centre is now her home and she told the country’s media that Iranian have already visited her parents and siblings to try to track down her location.

Amini explained that the problems started when she uploaded images of the friendly match to her social media account.

She talked with some people in the Iranian FA, and although Amini said some people showed understanding, others branded her as a danger to the Islamic Revolution…..