Kansas City Chiefs to ban fans from wearing headdresses and Native American-themed face paint

    Many Kansas City Chiefs fans have worn Native American headdresses and face paint.

    (CNN)The Kansas City Chiefs announced Thursday that fans won't be allowed to wear ceremonial headdresses and Native American-style face paint in the team's stadium.

    "While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately," the NFL team said in a statement, fans will be banned from entering Arrowhead Stadium if they wear headdresses.
    Fans will also be asked to remove face painting that is "styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions" to enter the stadium, the team said.
      The Chiefs are one of several American sports teams that have appropriated Native American imagery and traditions. On Thursday, it became the latest team to announce changes after years of criticism.