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.