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Sikh Referee Victim Of Online Racial Abuse Calls For Unity

Sukhbir Singh a 33 years old Sikh referee has called for unity within the football community after suffreing series of online racial abuse following a

2022 FIFA World Cup: Five years of human rights failure shames FIFA and Qatar

Labour exploitation remains rampant in Qatar as the authorities fail to deliver significant reforms, Amnesty International said today before the fifth anniversary of Qatar winning the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Sikh children playing soccer

Canadian Sikh body welcomes the lifting of Quebec Soccer Turban Ban

Ottawa (June 15, 2013): It was announced today by the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) that it will immediately lift its ban on the wearing of turbans by Sikh players. The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the long overdue move and hopes Sikh children who had previously been excluded will now be given the chance to rejoin their friends on the pitch.

Dilpreet Singh plays in a pick-up soccer game in Montreal. The Quebec Soccer Federation has lifted its ban on the wearing of turbans in organized games.

Quebec Soccer Federation officially lifts ban from Sikh turbans/ patkas/ keskis

Quebec/ Canada (June 15, 2013): According to a CTV news: “[a]dopting an apologetic tone, the Quebec Soccer Federation has lifted its ban on players wearing turbans, patkas and keskis on the pitch”. QSF director general Brigitte Frot reportedly announced the reversal of the contentious ban during a news conference on the morning of June 15, 2013.

World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes clear turban directions from FIFA

WSO President Prem Singh Vinning said, “while it has been our position from the outset that the accommodation of the turban should not hinge on FIFA rules but instead on our Canadian rules and law and on our tradition of diversity and acceptance, this announcement is certainly good news. It is now absolutely clear that there should be no restriction on the wearing of the turban by Sikh players.”

Turban Ban on Soccer players in Quebec – FIFA Statement on head covers

Zurich, Switzerland (June 14, 2013): It is learnt that Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has sent a letter to the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) on 13 June 2013 to inform the CSA that: Following communication between the CSA and FIFA, the matter related to Law 4 – The Player’s Equipment, the use of head covers and the situation arisen within the CSA has been presented to the members of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for discussion.