Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Soccer Suspension to Have Major Impact on Refs, Players and Tournaments

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Soccer Suspension to Have Major Impact on Refs, Players and Tournaments

Article excerpt

Quebec soccer suspension has far-reaching consequences

--

MONTREAL - Canada's national soccer association has outlined the consequences of its suspension of Quebec's federation over the controversial turban ban -- and they appear far-reaching.

The Canadian Soccer Association said Wednesday the suspension includes prohibiting Quebec teams from participating in or hosting interprovincial matches and national competitions -- such as all-star games and the Canadian championships.

The national soccer body also said the suspension prevents Quebec clubs from competing in or hosting international matches and forbids them from having national or international referees officiate their games.

Quebec's federation would also be blocked from participating in or benefiting from international soccer clinics, CSA meetings and its disciplinary hearings.

"It is with regret that the Canadian Soccer Association recognizes that the Quebec Soccer Federation suspension will, in the short term, affect a number of players and clubs," the organization said in the release.

"The association remains committed to resolving this issue for the long-term growth and development of the sport of soccer in Canada."

One Ottawa reporter tweeted that his son's soccer team has withdrawn from a Montreal tournament this weekend because of the suspension.

The discipline was handed down this week after the Quebec organization showed no sign of reversing its decision to ban Sikh religious headgear on the pitch.

The CSA said the suspension will be lifted once the Quebec federation has confirmed in writing that it has overturned its decision to prevent turbans, patkas and keskis from being worn during organized soccer games.

The CSA statement noted that, according to its bylaws, ''discrimination of any kind against country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reasons is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.''

Earlier on Wednesday, before the CSA's statement was released, Quebec federation officials said the controversial ban would remain in effect for the time being but that they would do everything possible to re-establish dialogue with the CSA.

The provincial body decided to uphold the ban recently despite a CSA directive in April that called for provincial associations to extend an existing rule that allows Islamic hijabs for girls.

Quebec is the only province that has balked at the directive and says it wants soccer's governing body, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), to issue a ruling on turbans.

The Quebec federation has said it made its decision with player safety in mind, although it has no evidence that shows turbans pose a risk. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.