MEXICO CITY – FIFA rejected Mexican second-division club Celaya’s request to use a woman player in league matches, soccer’s world governing body in Switzerland said Sunday.
Celaya signed Maribel Dominguez, a striker with the Mexican women’s national team, to a contract on Wednesday and said it was seeking permission from FIFA to use the 26-year-old in matches when the league started its new season next month.
The request from Celaya was turned down during a weekend meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich, Switzerland.
In a written statement, the committee stressed that ‘there must be a clear separation between men’s and women’s football.’
‘This is laid down in league football and in international matches by the existence of gender-specific competitions, and the Laws of the Game and FIFA’s regulations do not provide for any exceptions,’ the committee said.