Despite suspension, Quebec soccer federation says it will maintain ban on turbans

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LAVAL, Que. - The Quebec Soccer Federation says it is maintaining its ban on turbans, patkas and keskis.

The organization issued a statement today saying the controversial ban remains in effect.

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

In its statement, the Quebec federation said it will do everything it can to re-establish dialogue with the Canadian Soccer Federation.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois said this week that it's unacceptable for the Canadian body to suspend the provincial organization.

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

The turban debate has transformed into an international news story.

Organizations: Quebec Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association, Canadian Soccer Federation

Geographic location: Quebec

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