Quebec Soccer Federation booted over turban ban

(QMI Agency)

(QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET

Quebec soccer's governing body was to meet Tuesday to decide whether to maintain a turban ban that got it booted from the Canadian Soccer Association.

The Ottawa-based umbrella group cut ties with its Quebec counterpart Monday over a June 2 decision that had already irked the federal government.

Quebec soccer officials voted to bar any items not listed in Law 4 of FIFA, the world governing body for soccer. Turbans are not mentioned as acceptable attire.

The decision drew immediate rebuke from Bal Ghosal, Canada's minister of state for sport and an Indian-born Sikh. He said the decision would prevent Sikh children from playing soccer.

Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney supported the sanctions against the Quebec federation, tweeting: "Good to see CDN Soccer Association take action against the Quebec Soccer Federation over its ridiculous turban ban."

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau expressed similar sentiments.

This isn't the first such controversy involving Quebec soccer officials.

A 15-year-old referee was fired in 2011 for wearing a hijab, the Muslim head covering. The federation justified the referee's dismissal by claiming that it was following FIFA rules.

Last year FIFA announced it will allow women to wear specially designed sport hijabs.


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