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Aneel Samra, 18, holds a soccer ball in his backyard in Montreal. Samra has not been able to play organized soccer since last year because of his religious headgear.
Aneel Samra, 18, holds a soccer ball in his backyard in Montreal. Samra has not been able to play organized soccer since last year because of his religious headgear.
(Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Globe editorial

Youth soccer needs a debate on brain safety, not on turbans

Soccer at all levels will someday soon be hit with the same tsunami of public concern about head injuries that has hit hockey and football. It’s in this light that the Quebec Soccer Federation’s ban on the turbans worn by large numbers of young Sikh players should be seen. At a time of rising public concern about the sport’s real dangers, the federation is wasting time and energy battling an invented danger, for which it has presented not a shard of evidence.