Calgary Herald: Quebec turban ban gets toe-kicked by world soccer body

Mukhbir Singh, vice-president for Quebec and the Atlantic region for the World Sikh Organization, says he’s thankful for FIFA’s stance.

He said the public support has been uplifting and refreshing.

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Montreal Gazette: Sikh community cautiously optimistic following FIFA’s statement on turbans in soccer

“I think it goes a long way in clarifying the situation,” World Sikh Organization of Canada legal counsel Balpreet Singh said of the ruling. “Even though it has been our position that it really doesn’t matter what FIFA says because Canadian rules and Canadian law certainly allows the wearing of the turban, it makes it clear that FIFA also doesn’t have a problem with the wearing of the turban.”

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BBC: Quebec soccer federation gets red card for banning turban

The World Sikh Organization of Canada said earlier it was considering a legal challenge, but said the season was already lost for many young players, as the registration deadline had passed.

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Montreal Gazette: Canadian Soccer Association speaks out against Quebec turban ban

Balpreet Singh, head of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, told The Gazette that the soccer association’s latest position is a repeat, albeit more strongly worded, of a directive it had issued in April to all Canadian referees to allow soccer players with religious headgear.

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Global News: After Quebec Soccer Federation reverses turban ban, does ill-will linger?

The QSF wrote in a prepared release that the ban was “solely from a technical point of view and had absolutely nothing to do with religious matters or political issues.”

One of Canada’s leading Sikh figures said he was willing to give the QSF the benefit of the doubt.

“I’m going to take them for their word,” said Prem Vinning, president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada. “We’ve dealt with the issue. Let’s move forward let’s unite all Canadians. Canada is stronger when we all come together.”

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The Province: B.C. soccer doesn't have a problem with turban

B.C.'s executive director of the World Sikh Organization (WSO), Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning, said that in Quebec "the Sikh boys have been sidelined, and they are struggling."

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Montreal Gazette: Quebec Soccer Federation falls silent as outrage grows

“We have made several phone calls that have never been returned and sent a registered letter that was not responded to,” said Balpreet Singh, president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada

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BBC: Quebec soccer federation defends turban ban

The vice-president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, Mukhbir Singh, told Radio Canada there had never seen an incident caused by turbans in the other Canadian provinces, where they are permitted.

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CBC: Quebec Soccer Federation sticks to turban ban

The spokesman for the World Sikh Organization of Canada, Balpreet Singh, says soccer associations around the world accommodate players who wear turbans. He says the Quebec federation is going to a lot of trouble for nothing.

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Montreal Gazette: Quebec Soccer Federation cites 'safety' for turban ban

The Sikh community says this has forced a difficult dilemma onto the families of 100 to 200 children: ditch a religious requirement, or quit playing organized soccer. The World Sikh Organization says those children were forced out of soccer a year ago.

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