Allowing veiled women to play soccer is "seriously" wrong, said a groups of moderate Muslims in Italy in a joint letter sent to international soccer's governing body.

"We express our deep dissent for the discriminatory choice which evidently was made to please some of the powerful of the future World Cup host country," said the letter to Zurich-based FIFA, referring to Qatar, the host for the men's and women's 2022 World Cup soccer championship.

FIFA's International Football Association Board (IFAB) on Thursday lifted a ban on women players using the Islamic headscarf, or hijab.

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