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The State Netball Association has banned Muslim girls from wearing headscarves in netball games.
State Netball Association President Sharon Ball said the ban was a matter of “equity” and “one rule for all”.
“I am not racist,” Ms Ball said. “It is a question of dress code.”
Local Member for Maribyrnong Darrin Lee said allowing headscarves to be worn while playing sport “upsets” the national integration of Muslims.
“It is an issue of social integration,” Mr Lee said.
But many girls have said they would feel uncomfortable playing without a headscarf.
Mother Mona Somander said sporting groups should be required to “reasonably accommodate” religious practices as schools are.
She said the ban was an “extreme measure” which added to feelings of “alienation” and “victimisation” experienced by sections of the Muslim community.