The United Arab Emirates Football Association has found Ghanaian top striker Asamoah Gyan, and forty-five other players plying their trades in Arabian Gulf League guilty of having ‘unethical hair’.
Gyan is currently on loan at side Al-Ahbi from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG, and recently returned from the African Cup of Nations in Gabon where represented Ghana.
The 31-year-old, who sports a mohawk and shaved sides, is one of 46 players to have breached the guidelines derived from Islamic teachings.
Referees have the discretion to judge on a match-by-match basis whether players’ haircuts are acceptable.
Not few foreign players in the Gulf countries have fallen foul of the rule in recent years.
Last year, goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah was forced into a pre-match haircut pitch side after officials picked up on the design on his head.