FIFA E-mail Confirms Turbans Acceptable Under FIFA Laws 7

(PLEASE NOTE: The Quebec turban ban was rescinded on June 15, 2013. The QSF was reinstated to the CSA. For more details, please click here.)

A FIFA spokesperson has confirmed in an email that Sikh turbans & patkas can be permitted under Law 4 of the laws of the game. The FIFA spokesperson also acknowledged that the Quebec Soccer Federation is subject to the jurisdiction of the Canadian Soccer Association.

The email was obtained by Toronto resident Raghav Sandhu. He received it as a reply to a message he sent to FIFA, asking for help in overturning the Quebec Soccer Turban ban. Mr.Sandhu has set up Facebook and Twitter accounts in support of overturning the QSF ban. These can be found at http://www.facebook.com/quebecturbanban and @QuebecTurbanBan.

According to the FIFA Spokesperson:

“Under law 4 of the laws of the game it is stated that any equipment apart
from the basic equipment shall be examined by the referee and be considered
as not dangerous to be allowed on the field.
http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/officialdocuments/doclists/laws.html

“FIFA lifted the ban of wearing hijabs or turbans, as well as the Canadian
Soccer association did. Therefore, as the Quebec Football Federation lies
under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Soccer Association, please contact
them directly in this regard:
http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=can/index.html

The entire copy can be seen below (We have deleted names and personal email addresses.) We believe this e-mail to be authentic.

The QSF’s main justification for the Turban ban was that it wasn’t clearly covered by FIFA’s Laws. They also maintained their ruling took precedence over specific directives from the Canadian Soccer Association allowing headscarfs and Sikh headgear. The Canadian Soccer Association is FIFA’s representative in Canada.

Friends of Soccer is a grassroots soccer movement based in Vancouver, Canada. Find out more at www.friendsofsoccer.org .

Bill Currie

Friends of Soccer

bill@friendsofsoccer.org

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Contact (FIFA) <contact@fifa.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 5:54 AM
Subject: RE: Banning of Religious Headgear in Quebec, Canada
To: Raghav Sandhu <***********@********.*****>

Dear Sir or Madam,

Under law 4 of the laws of the game it is stated that any equipment apart
from the basic equipment shall be examined by the referee and be considered
as not dangerous to be allowed on the field.
http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/officialdocuments/doclists/laws.html

FIFA lifted the ban of wearing hijabs or turbans, as well as the Canadian
Soccer association did. Therefore, as the Quebec Football Federation lies
under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Soccer Association, please contact
them directly in this regard:
http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=can/index.html

Thank you for your understanding and interest.

Kind regards,
*****
Communications & Public Affairs Division
FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association
www.FIFA.com

—–Original Message—–
From: feedback@fifa.com; on behalf of *********@******.***; [mailto:
feedback@fifa.com]
Sent: Mittwoch, 5. Juni 2013 01:28
To: Contact (FIFA)
Subject: Banning of Religious Headgear in Quebec, Canada

Name: Raghav Sandhu
Email: *************@********.***

Dear FIFA,

My name is Raghav and I am a Canadian who has come to hear of the recent
ruling of the Quebec Soccer Federation to not allow Turbans to be worn
during kids’ soccer games in the region. I am very appalled with this
ruling as soccer or football is a sport that promotes diversity and
tolerance. Banning  religious headgear such as the turban go to show that
not everyone is welcome when it comes to being part of the Global Football
Family. A spokesperson from the Quebec Soccer Federation has stated that
“they can play in their backyards” in regards to wearing Turbans. The
federation has also asked individuals to take the problem to FIFA. Please
direct me to someone I can talk to about this issue.

Yours Truly,

Raghav Sandhu

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7 thoughts on “FIFA E-mail Confirms Turbans Acceptable Under FIFA Laws

  1. NeilWH Jun 7, 2013 6:40 pm

    Bill, great work once again and many thanks! Neil “coachrich”

  2. Thezzaruz Jun 7, 2013 9:45 pm

    Hi!
    As much as I agree with what you are trying to achieve there are a few problems with that statement form the FIFA spokesperson. The part of the Law 4 that he refers to has a provision that he fails to include, namely that the additional equipment not only is safe but also is used for the sole purpose of protecting the player using it.

    Also while the IFAB (not FIFA) have temporarily allowed “headscarves” that decision was aimed at hijabs, not turbans, and thus includes a requirement that the wearer has to be female.

    Keep up the good fight!

    • billcurrie Jun 7, 2013 9:58 pm

      Thanks for the comment. We are forwarding the e-mail response from FIFA as it was written by their spokesperson & unedited.

      As per Law 4, the precedence regarding turbans and patkas as falling under Law 4 has been set for many years now, throughout England, Canada and much of the football world. For Sikhs turbans are practical and protective headgear (as you may imagine for someone who is required not to cut their hair), as well as spiritual. As they are made with soft fabric and tied, referees around the world have correctly allowed them on the pitch as Law 4 stipulates.

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  4. Richard Howes Jun 12, 2013 6:55 pm

    Now Joey Saputo is looking for the CSA and QSF to find common ground – there is nothing to negotiate about the turban issue but of course we all know this is about far more than just players wearing turbans on the soccer pitch. It is Quebec after all.

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  6. Robert Jun 14, 2013 11:55 am

    I wonder what Marois is smoking these days? Of course the provincial Fifa falls under the Canada wide Fifa. C’est evident!
    Queen Pauline, time to come back to reality.

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