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Female Arab Referee rules soccer field

If you think being a sports referee is thankless work - try being a young female Arab referee in Israel. Hiba Arja tells of difficulties of being soccer lineswoman. 'I'm all for crossing the line,' she says

Iman Agbaria Published: 01.19.11

It's a rainy Saturday morning. Members of Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Ra'anana youth soccer teams are running around on the grass, kicking the ball, ignoring the downpour.

The only woman on the field is running along the length line, letting the rain drops mess up her hairstyle. She is quick to wave the flag when the ball passes the line, drawing a dirty look from the Hapoel Tel Aviv player who kicked the ball out. This is all a typical Saturday for the lineswoman Hiba Arja.

On Saturdays, Arja is not the same person that she is during the week. When we meet a day earlier, nothing about her looks – the carefully blow-dried hair

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Added: Jan-20-2011 
By: aydeo
Middle East
Tags: Female Arab, Referee, soccer field
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