BERWYN, Pa. — A high school soccer player in suburban Philadelphia was barred from a game because he was wearing a turban.
WPVI-TV reports (http://6abc.cm/2fuWagJ ) a referee prevented the player, from Marple Newtown High School’s freshman team, from taking the playing field at Conestoga High School in Berwyn on Tuesday night. The referee cited rules that prohibit headgear such as helmets and hats.
The student is a Sikh. Male members of the religion must wear turbans.
The PIAA said Thursday that Marple Newtown can simply seek a waiver for the student. The governing body for Pennsylvania school sports says it routinely gives permission to athletes to don headwear for religious reasons. Teams then present the PIAA waiver to opposing coaches and referees.