Female soccer players surround opponent as she fixes her hijab
Watching live sports on TV is one of the most shared forms of entertainment around the world. And sure, despite the fact many of us love it when a brawl breaks out on the field, one thing that's always better to see is an act of sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship is a show of respect for your teammates or opponents - no matter what side they play for, no matter what they look like, and no matter what they choose to believe in. That's the wonderful thing about sports; anybody can play. And now, a clip from a women's soccer game has gone viral after players showed the ultimate act of respect to a Muslim player who had lost her hijab.
The footage, which has resurfaced as a result of a share on the ESPN, was captured during a WAFF Women's Club Championship match between Shabab al Ordon Club and Arab Orthodox Club.
Following a minor collision on the pitch, one player's hijab comes loose, briefly revealing her hair to the crowd. As she pauses to fix her veil, players from the opposing team surround her - shielding the view of the cameras and spectators. It truly is an amazing scene of sportsmanship.
Check out the heartwarming amazing video below - you can't help be have a little bit of faith restored:
ESPN shared the video yesterday, along with the message: "Bigger than sports. When a soccer player's hijab started falling off to reveal her hair, her opponents gathered around to provide cover while she fixed it."
Many Muslim women choose to wear a hijab as a way of protecting their modesty and privacy from unrelated males (in its most traditional form).
And the footage was praised wholeheartedly online, with Twitter user Abu Samira commenting: This video should be shown to lawmakers who are working hard to ban hijab. While the lawmakers are looking for loopholes in the constitution to ban hijab at schools in Germany, majority of students oppose the lawmakers and support the hijabis."
In another astounding scene at a soccer game, this is the moment viewers thought they spotted a child smoking a cigarette in the crowd (turns out he's a 37-year-old father):
And user Etan Thomas tweeted: "Having respect for someone else’s customs and beliefs even if they aren’t your own. We definitely need more of this in the world today."
The WAFF Women's Club Championship features football teams from Jordan, Palestine, Bahrain, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates.