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Canadian Soccer Association suspends Quebec federation over turban ban

MONTREAL — The Canadian Soccer Association has red carded a provincial association over its refusal to let turban-wearing children play, announcing the Quebec organization will be suspended until the ban is overturned.

Aneel Samra, 18, has not been able to play organized soccer in Quebec since last year due to his religious headgear.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Aneel Samra, 18, has not been able to play organized soccer in Quebec since last year due to his religious headgear.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The national organization took a more aggressive stance Monday in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Quebec Soccer Federation’s decision to restrict turban-wearing Sikhs from the pitch, saying its earlier efforts had failed to resolve the matter.

“The Quebec Soccer Federation’s inaction has forced us to take measures in order to ensure soccer remains accessible to the largest number of Canadians,” it said in a statement Monday night.

 

Source: http://sports.nationalpost.com

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