06/10/2013 03:09 EDT | Updated 08/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Quebec sport minister remains mum on turban ban

Quebec’s minister of sport is refusing to get drawn into the recent debate over whether Sikh soccer players can wear turbans on the field.

Marie Malavoy said she can’t comment on a decision made by the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF).

“It's the affair of the federation of soccer. They are free to make the decision they want to make,” Malavoy said today at a news conference called to launch a consultation on provincial sports, recreation and physical activity policy.

Last week, the Canadian Soccer Association urged the QSF to allow turbans on the pitch, but the provincial soccer association has refused to comment on how it will proceed.

Its board members voted on June 2 to uphold an existing ban on turbans, citing it was simply abiding by FIFA’s rules.

FIFA, the international soccer organization, hasn’t officially commented on its position on the turban ban.

Montreal city councillor Marvin Rotrand said he would present an emergency motion at council's June 17 meeting demanding the QSF reverse its decision.