Earlier this week, the Canadian Soccer Association suspended the Quebec Soccer Federation for instituting the ban on religious head coverings, such as turbans, keskis and patkas. Then the Ontario Soccer Association withheld travel permits for 20 Ontario teams scheduled to play in a tournament near Montreal.
The move by the national body prohibits Quebec teams from participating in or hosting interprovincial matches and national and international competitions.
In April, the national soccer association urged provincial counterparts to allow turbans. Quebec is the only province whose soccer body refused. It cited safety concerns and pointed to rules from FIFA, the international soccer governing body, though those regulations are ambiguous.
The contentious debate spilled over into the political arena earlier this week, when Quebec’s premier sided with her province’s soccer agency.