FIFA strikes blow to Quebec’s turban ban, allowing headwear’s use in soccer

Published: June 14, 2013
turban ban

Mukhbir Singh, World Sikh Organization of Canada’s Quebec vice-president, wears a traditional turban in Dollard des Ormeux near Montreal, Tuesday April 16. Phil Carpenter / THE GAZETTE

THE GAZETTE

MONTREAL – Soccer’s world body has struck a blow against Quebec’s¬†turban¬†ban, saying such headwear is perfectly acceptable on the pitch.

FIFA said in a statement Friday it is authorizing the wearing of male head covers at all levels of Canadian soccer.

The statement says the headwear must be the same colour as the jersey, look professional, must not be attached to the jersey and not pose any danger to players.

FIFA’s position comes four days after the Canadian Soccer Association suspended Quebec’s soccer federation after the provincial body banned the wearing of Sikh headwear.

The Quebec organization had cited safety issues for its decision and the fact that the garments were not endorsed by FIFA.

A spokesman for the Quebec Soccer Federation says it will hold a news conference Saturday to discuss FIFA’s ruling and that there will be no comment Friday.

The decision to suspend Quebec will begin being felt this weekend as at least 20 out-of-province teams skip a tournament in Montreal.

Some players in Quebec leagues have decided to wear turbans in protest of the ban.

That ban had the support of Quebec’s Parti Qu√©b√©cois government and some sovereigntists have even used the case as an argument for Quebec independence.

However, many federal politicians opposed the ban and applauded the CSA suspension – with the Conservatives and Liberals being the most forceful.

Related stories:

The FIFA decision extends a decision on female head scarves from October 2012.

FIFA¬†sent a letter to the Canadian Soccer Association on Thursday and authorized it to permit all players to wear head covers “in all areas and on all levels of the Canadian football community.”

FIFA said the matter will be discussed again in October with a final decision taking place in March 2014.

Speaking to The Gazette, a FIFA spokeswoman declined to comment further.

“Normally we do not really comment on state events. So far we issued the statement and we have no further comment on that.”

The World Sikh Organization welcomed¬†FIFA’s declaration.

World Sikh Organization vice-president for Quebec Mukhbir Singh said: “We appreciate¬†FIFA’s statement and the clarity it brings to this situation. We are hopeful that the Quebec Soccer Federation will now immediately lift its ban on the¬†turban. We want to see all the children play again as soon as possible. We cannot conceive of any reason to drag this unfortunate situation out any longer.

“Just let the children play.”

- with files from Riley Sparks, The Gazette 


Tags: , , , , , , ,





Featured

Abbotsford

Jag Khosa: Families pay the ultimate price of gang wars

DET. JAG KHOSA SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Late into the night, the parents of a young man struggled to sleep. The mother kept tossing and…
Continue Reading »

linda-hepnerdesi

Linda Hepner, Doug McCallum top two latest Surrey civic election polls

Candidates trade lead spot in polls released this week CHRISTOPHER POON SURREY NOW SURREY ‚ÄĒ Two new polls released this week show candidates Linda Hepner…
Continue Reading »

DIWALI

Vancouver’s ‘Spice Goddess’ Bal Arneson loves celebrating Diwali with friends and family

LOIS ABRAHAM THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO – Ever since she was a little girl in India, “Spice Goddess” host Bal Arneson has loved celebrating the…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Five things to know about who receives honorary citizenship in Canada

By Stephanie Levitz THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, a co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, will become the sixth person…
Continue Reading »

Five things to know about who receives honorary citizenship in Canada

By Stephanie Levitz THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, a co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, will become the sixth person…
Continue Reading »

Abbotsford

Jag Khosa: Families pay the ultimate price of gang wars

DET. JAG KHOSA SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Late into the night, the parents of a young man struggled to sleep. The mother kept tossing and…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Facebook photo showing Martin Rouleau

Canada is Losing the Values War!

UJJAL DOSANJH SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI The dreaded happened in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a quiet historic town in Quebec. Many years ago I stayed there for a…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver school students

Gallery: Dalai Lama in Vancouver

VANCOUVER DESI Check out photos of the Dalai Lama meeting students and some staff of John Oliver Secondary prior to attending the Heart-Mind Youth Dialogue…
Continue Reading »

INDIA-WILDLIFE-ELEPHANT

Heartbreaking photos of two elephants electrocuted in India

IANS Siliguri – Two elephants, including a female, were electrocuted in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district Saturday, an official said. The tuskers were found in a…
Continue Reading »

Aman Grewal

Gallery: Army officer’s wife wins Mrs. India Worldwide pageant

IANS New Delhi – Aman Grewal, wife of an army officer, was declared the winner of Haut.Monde Mrs.India Worldwide 2014 here. Grewal, who hails from…
Continue Reading »

varsha

Ontario teen fighting superbugs with an assist from Indian home cooking

TOM SPEARS OTTAWA CITIZEN Like a lot of great discoveries, Varsha Jayasankar’s foray into how to kill superbugs with an extract from Indian food started…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood

Saif Ali Khan poses with pants down

IANS New Delhi – Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan was caught and clicked with his pants down while shooting for his new film “Happy Ending”. As…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt says ‘Going Home’ a special short film

IANS Mumbai – If the masses loved her in movies like “Highway” and “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, Alia Bhatt has again won many a heart….
Continue Reading »

Priyanka Chopra

Why is Priyanka Chopra upset?

IANS Mumbai – Actress Priyanka Chopra had to cancel her pre-Diwali plans as she is down with an eye infection. And now she is fuming….
Continue Reading »