Swedish 'ultras' have taken to wearing Niqabs to get around the law that bans face masks at games.
The Telegraph reported that AIK supporters unfurled a banner that read "thanks for the loophole" in their first game of the season against BK Hacken.
When Swedish law forbids masks/hiding faces in public places, but permits it for religious reasons... AIK fans adapt to conceal identities. pic.twitter.com/LcfRkFJXXV
— Joel Rookwood (@Joelrookwood) April 4, 2017
Religious face coverings are exempt from the law, which was passed in January and enacted in March under the guidance of Anders Ygeman, interior secretary in the Swedish government.
The AIK ultras named Ygemen specifically in their display of gratitude at the loophole, and held up other messages reading:
"Freedom for ultras is the ultimate goal" and "AIK's ultras mean well. We're now wearing masks for religious reasons."
— Ultra (@SoderGnagare) April 2, 2017
Speaking to Swedish sports news outlet Sports Bladet, Ygemen said that: " In all honesty I thought the banner was quite funny. It shows that AIK fans have a bit of humour. But I do not think we will see a 'niqab trend' in the headlines this year."
AIK, who last won the Swedish Allsvenskan in 2009, finished runners up in 2016 and started their 207 campaign with a 0-0 draw against Hacken.