05 June 2013

NDP: FIFA rules a “crutch” for Quebec Soccer Federation

FIFA rules a “crutch” for Quebec Soccer Federation, NDP says

“It’s not for politicians to be making decisions here. The federation should be speaking to these communities.” [Ed: Federation de Soccer du Quebec (FSQ) gets funding from Gouvernement du Quebec ]

Although FIFA has been hard to reach so far, New Democratic Party sports critic Matthew Dubé said a clarification from the association could resolve the controversy. [Ed: FIFA deals with Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), not provincial wings]

Dubé says he is reaching out the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in an attempt to persuade the [FSQ] to remove its ban against players who wear turbans. [Ed: CSA is the relevant co-ordinating body]

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