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Ex-Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan guilty of 'unethical hair'



  • Asamoah Gyan has been found in breach of UAE FA guidelines over his haircut 
  • The Ghana striker is one of 46 players whose hair has been deemed 'unethical'  
  • The former Sunderland striker represented Ghana at AFCON earlier this year

By Harry Slavin For Mailonline

Published: 05:55 EST, 15 February 2017 | Updated: 13:06 EST, 15 February 2017

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Asamoah Gyan has been found guilty of having 'unethical hair' under United Arab Emirates Football Association guidelines.

The 31-year-old, who is currently on loan at Arabian Gulf League side Al-Ahbi from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG, has recently returned from the African Cup of Nations in Gabon where he was representing Ghana. 

Gyan, who sports a mohawk and shaved sides, is one of 46 players to have breached the guidelines.

Asamoah Gyan has been found guilty of breaching hairstyle guidelines. The mohawk he donned at the Africa Cup of Nations saw the sides of his head shaved shorter than his hair on top - which is forbidden under some Islamic teachings Asamoah Gyan has been found guilty of breaching hairstyle guidelines. The mohawk he donned at the Africa Cup of Nations saw the sides of his head shaved shorter than his hair on top - which is forbidden under some Islamic teachings

Asamoah Gyan has been found guilty of breaching hairstyle guidelines. The mohawk he donned at the Africa Cup of Nations saw the sides of his head shaved shorter than his hair on top - which is forbidden under some Islamic teachings

WHAT PUNISHMENT COULD GYAN FACE? 

According to the BBC, the UAE FA sends a player's club a warning letter in the first instance after being found guilty.

Punishments then escalate to a fine and then a possible ban if the player fails to change their hairstyle.

The rules are derived from Islamic teachings, some of which ban 'Qaza' hairstyles, which include mohawks.

A 'Qaza' hairstyle is one in which the hair at the side of the head is cut or shaved shorter than the hair on top.

Referees have the discretion to judge on a match-by-match basis whether players' haircuts are acceptable.

Officials in the UAE are strict about compliance with the rules as they are concerned about the styles influencing kids watching in the stands.

Confusion still reigns over what styles are exactly forbidden under the new legislation.

Al-Ain star Omar Abdulrahman has been told he is exempt from the haircut law for his flowing locks.

However, Al-Wahda's Suhail Al-Mansoori, who sported a very similar style was forced to cut his hair under the laws of the game.

Confusion reigns over what hairstyles are acceptable and which are banned under new rules Confusion reigns over what hairstyles are acceptable and which are banned under new rules

Confusion reigns over what hairstyles are acceptable and which are banned under new rules

Many foreign players moving to Gulf countries to play their football have fallen foul of the rule in recent years.

Last year, goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah was forced into a pre-match haircut pitchside after officials picked up on the design on his head. 

Former Sunderland striker Gyan has made eight appearances in the UAE Gulf League, scoring twice.  

The former Sunderland striker represented Ghana at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon The former Sunderland striker represented Ghana at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon

The former Sunderland striker represented Ghana at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon

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