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Chief Executive Officer for Asamoah Gyan Group of Companies, Samuel Anim Addo has clarified reports that his aide Asamoah Gyan is part of more than 40 players deemed to have "unethical hair" in the United Arab Emirates Pro League.

He now sports a distinctive mohawk style cut, which is banned by the Saudi rule.

The former Al Ain man's hairstyle is said to violate Islamic teachings that ban "Qaza" hairstyles, such as mohawks where parts of the head are shaved.

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

The UAEFA send a player's club a warning letter in the first instance, with punishments escalating to a fine and then a suspension if he does not comply.

The same issue cropped up in the Saudi Arabian league in 2012, when Waleed Abdullah, a goalkeeper for Al Shabab, was famously ordered to have a pitch-side haircut when a referee took offence at his mohawk-like style.

Middle Eastern football website Ahdaaf has shown the discrepancies with the rules, with players allowed to keep their hairstyles, while others with a very similar look, are told to shave theirs.