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07.19.134:00 PM ET

Libya's Women’s Soccer Team Banned From Tournament

The country's international women’s team was asked to not participate in a major event because it coincides with Ramadan.

Religious extremists tended to be the biggest concern for Libya’s international women’s soccer team—until now. Libya's football association announced this week that the women have been banned from taking part in a tournament in Gemrany next Saturday, because it takes place during Ramadan. The tournament, Discover Football, is fundedby the German government and advertised as the “biggest gathering of Middle-Eastern women’s footballers since the 2001 Arab spring.” The women are reportedly disapppointed that they won't get to particpate in matches against teams from countries and regions such as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, and Germany.