November 22 – European teams have reacted with disappointment and dismay after being forced by FIFA to abandon plans to wear ‘OneLove’ armbands at the World Cup in support of LGBTQ rights.
The move was scrapped after FIFA, which had not responded to the idea until the very last minute, warned players would face ‘sporting sanctions’ if they broke strict rules on what kind of equipment they were allowed to wear.
These stipulate no political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images and say that the captain of each team “must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA”.
However not for the first time, after insisting in the build-up to the World Cup that it was an inclusive organisation, FIFA has badly let the side down by rigidly sticking to ‘protocol’ and cynically waiting until the eve of the tournament to show its muscle.
When FIFA did finally respond, it was “very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” the European nations said in a 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. However, as national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings.
“We are very frustrated by the FIFA decision which we believe is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our wish to wear the OneLove armband to actively support inclusion in football, and had no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.”
The armbands were seen as a significant statement of solidarity with the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups in Qatar. They were intended “to actively support inclusion in football,” the European teams said.
“You don’t want the captain to start the match with a yellow…
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Author : Paul Nicholson
Publish date : 2022-11-22 19:53:46
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