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The whistle and the hijab - an AFL first
by Deborah Gough
When 13-year-old schoolgirl Soreti Jibrael ran onto the ground at Etihad Stadium last Friday night for Auskick, it was her first AFL game - and it was also a first for the AFL. She was the first umpire to wear a hijab on an elite AFL ground.
Soreti adapted the umpire's uniform of shorts and T-shirt to fit her Muslim beliefs, borrowing a fluorescent green hijab from her sister to match the green shirts and socks worn by umpires.
Like any teenager, she was happy her accessory had "sparkle on the ends".
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