"They can play in their backyard, but not with official referees, not in the official rules of soccer," Frot replied. "They have no choice."
When asked how many injuries have actually been linked to turbans, Frot said there are none. She said her group is taking its cues from soccer's international governing body, which does not explicitly state that such headwear is allowed. She says that if people want to change the policy they should contact FIFA.
"They have to knock at FIFA's door," she said.
Quebec referees began cracking down on turbans, patkas and keskis the religious headgear worn by Sikh men and boys in the last year.
The decision to uphold the ban came despite a directive from the Canadian Soccer Association in April calling for provincial associations to allow them. An association representing Sikhs says it tried to reach a compromise but will now consider all options, including a legal challenge.
Frot said safety studies were done with the Muslim hijab and FIFA relaxed the rules for it afterward. She expects the same will eventually happen with turbans.
"We have an obligation as a federation to put player safety first," she said. "FIFA has done this work for the hijab and, when they've done it for the turban, I have no doubt that FIFA will put out a directive authorizing it and we'll be happy to follow suit."