‘Unethical hairstyles’: Football star named & shamed over 'Islamic' UAE league rule
Players’ hairstyles have arguably become as much of a talking point in football as the players themselves, but Ghanaian striker Gyan has now been called out on his preened mohawk hairstyle by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) football governing body, who deemed his hairstyle “unethical.”
Gyan, who had a spell in England with Premier League club Sunderland, is currently plying his trade with Al-Ahli in the UAE.
Al-Ahli sit third in the Arabian Gulf League table but are now facing a headache over what to do with Gyan’s mohawk, which has the number three shaved into it.
The 31-year-old has sported a series of flamboyant coiffures during his career.
Gyan is apparently one of 46 footballers playing in the Arab League identified as sporting “unethical haircuts,” Middle Eastern sports website Ahdaaf reports.
This comes after a new law by the UAEFA which states that players have to abide by certain guidelines for haircuts. #AGLeague— Ahdaaf (@ahdaafme) February 14, 2017
Other players reported to have made the cut for a ‘dubious hairstyle’ includes Brazilian midfielder Leonardo.
It’s not clear whether Gyan will face any sanctions over his current hairstyle. According to Sky Sports News, the unusual haircut guidelines fall under UAE Football Association regulations.
In 2012, a similar regulation in Saudi Arabia saw goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah forced to cut his hair in the middle of a game. Abdullah’s tight ’do was deemed to be “unIslamic”.