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Quebec federation upholds ban on turban

india Updated: Jun 13, 2013 01:17 IST

The Quebec Soccer Federation said on Wednesday it was maintaining its ban on turbans, patkas and keskis while hoping to hammer out a compromise on the controversial topic.

Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) suspended the provincial body on Monday after it showed no sign of overturning its decision to prohibit Sikh religious headwear on the pitch.

Quebec federation officials issued a statement on Wednesday saying the controversial ban remains in effect for the time being, but they will do everything to re-establish dialogue with the CSA.

The CSA has said the ban will remain in place until the Quebec federation lifts its restrictions.

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 said it wouldn't grant any interviews.

"To give every possible opportunity for discussion, we do not wish to comment further on the situation, whether in the media or in public," the statement said.