The Nigerian women’s soccer team went into the 2011 World Cup with the momentum of having ousted lesbians from the team.
The FIFA response at the time: “Huh? What? Oh. OK, we’ll talk to the coach.”
Now, with reports that Nigeria has banned lesbians from all levels of football, FIFA … wants clarification.
The issue has deep roots in Africa, where legal bans remain and men still use “corrective rape” to try to convince lesbians to change.
So, once FIFA gets its “clarification,” the question will be whether FIFA wants to make a statement — one that may force some attitudes to change.
One thought on “FIFA boldly … asks for clarification on Nigeria’s lesbian ban”
I want to suggest that the next time the US plays Nigeria in a friendly they start an all-lesbian team* and still stomp them. I don’t know what sort of message that would give, but it would make me happier.
*I’ve got a full starting lineup of forwards and midfielders. Still working on defenders and a goalkeeper.