The European World Cup teams decided Monday to not wear rainbow LGBTQ armbands while playing in Qatar. This was after FIFA threatened players with sanctions.
A joint statement by the Football Associations of England Wales Belgium Denmark Germany Switzerland and the Netherlands announced that captains will not wear the uniforms. “OneLove”The Washington Post reported that armbands were worn during games. After the World Soccer Organization informed the teams that they would be changing their armbands, the Washington Post reported. “impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play.”
“We can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games,”According to the statement.
“We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband,”It was added. “However, we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.”
“We are very frustrated by the FIFA decision which we believe is unprecedented,”Continue the joint statement “Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.”
Breaking: England and Wales won’t wear One Love armbands
“we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.” pic.twitter.com/6ySojM4Jas
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 21, 2022
While FIFA announced the ban for the armband on the field, the outlet noted that during the England-Iran game, Alex Scott, an English sports pundit who formerly played for the England women’s team, was spotted wearing the rainbow armband on the sidelines.
Grant Wahl, an American soccer journalist, tweeted Monday that security prevented him from going into the stadium to see the USA vs. Wales match because of the shirt he was wearing with a rainbow print.
I’m OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal. Still wearing my shirt, I’m in the media center. For almost 30 minutes, I was detained. Go gays 🌈 https://t.co/S3INBoCz89
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) November 21, 2022
“I’m OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal,”Wahl wrote. “Am in the media center, still wearing my shirt. Was detained for nearly half an hour. Go gays.”
Qatar’s human rights violations as well as its attitude towards gay people have been criticized. Khalid Salman, Qatar World Cup ambassador, has recently referred to homosexuality as “homosexuality” “damage in the mind,”The Associated Press reported.
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