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Dec 13, 2006, 4:34 PM EST

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. (CP) - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is launching a wide-ranging anti-discrimination policy that covers everyone involved with the circuit, from team and league officials, to players and fans.

The policy, ratified by the QMJHL's board of governors last week and announced Wednesday, covers "behaviours, words, acts, gestures or writings that affect the dignity and the honour of any person and that are made in relation with race, gender, colour, religion, language, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, handicap or social condition."

Punishments, which can include fines and suspensions or ejections for fans, are at the league's discretion . Teams can also be fined for not taking action when an act of discrimination occurs.

"The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is committed to enforcing this zero-tolerance policy to ensure a working environment without discrimination," commissioner Gilles Courteau said in a statement. "Each and every individual has fundamental rights that must be respected and we aim to ensure that they are."

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