Women soccer players who wear headscarves can now compete internationally, after a five-year ban was overturned by FIFA's rule-making body in Switzerland.

The International Football Association Board has voted unanimously to accept the headscarf worn by Muslim women, effectively overturning its 2007 ban of the headscarf for safety reasons.

"Safety and medical issues have been removed for the use of the headscarf and it is approved that players can have the headscarf," said Jerome Valcke, FIFA's secretary general.

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