SAFF Championship: Pakistani scribe opposes footballers in shorts, criticized

A Pakistani scribe has come under fire after objecting to women’s national football team players wearing shorts at a tournament.

He raised his objection shortly after Pakistan beat the Maldives by seven goals in the ongoing SAFF Championship in Kathmandu.

Competing in an international event after a long gap, it was the Pakistani side’s first win in the league in eight years, but the reporter covering the tournament preferred to focus on the players’ kits.

“As you know we are from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which is an Islamic country, I want to ask why these girls are wearing shorts not leggings,” the reporter asked the team manager and other other officials at the post-match press conference.

Many people criticized the reporter for focusing on the players’ clothes and not their achievements while praising British-Pakistani footballer Nadia Khan for scoring four of the seven goals.

National team coach Adeel Rizki, clearly taken aback by the question, said in sport “you have to be progressive”.

“We’ve never tried to stop anyone regarding the uniform, it’s something we don’t control,” he explained.

The video sparked a debate on social media over the journalist’s questions.

TV host and RJ Anoushey Ashraf, squash player, Noorena Shams and many others expressed their strong support for the players and slammed the journalist for his ‘regressive mindset’.

Others also slammed the reporter, noting that if he found it difficult to watch the players in shorts, he shouldn’t be covering the event.

Football activities have only recently resumed in Pakistan, with FIFA finally allowing its teams to participate in international and regional events after a timetable for new elections was agreed by the country’s warring football bodies.

Image: AIFF

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