The former Sunderland striker has a choice to make: cut it or sit out.
Ghanaian international Asamoah Gyan, currently on loan from Shanghai SIPG to Al Ahli Dubai in the UAE Arabian Gulf League, could be facing a ban for having a ‘Qaza’ hairstyle—a cut that has part of the head shaved, which goes against some Islamic teachings.
It has been reported by the BBC that Gyan is one of 46 individuals currently being deemed by the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines to have an offending hairstyle. Officials from the United Arab Emirates state the reason for forcing this rule was due to the concern about children copying the style.
As a result of the rule, match referees are given the approval to ban any individual who they see in violation.
UAEFA will provide players with a warning letter in the first instance, which will then be followed with a fine, and then a ban if the player does not comply.
Players within the country have a decision to make: Either change their hairstyle or leave the league. Simple as that.