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Football captains reveal plans for LGBT gesture at Qatar World Cup – RT Sport News

Captains from at least eight European countries want to be part of the campaign

FIFA is under pressure after eight European football associations revealed plans for their captains to wear rainbow armbands at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

Current FIFA rules prohibit teams from bringing their own armbands to the flagship international tournament and stipulate that they must use equipment provided by the world governing body.

Ten countries – the Netherlands, England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales – have joined the ‘One Love’ campaign which kicked off in the Netherlands and claims to promote inclusion while opposing discrimination.

And with all but two nations – Sweden and Norway – traveling to Qatar for the World Cup in November and December, the plan to wear the armbands in colors meant to represent all heritages, backgrounds, genders and sexual identities could stir up controversy. in the conservative host country.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Qatar, where the alleged mistreatment of migrant workers building the tournament stadiums has also come under the spotlight.

Announcing the campaign, England captain Harry Kane claimed that “Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.”

The Swiss federation said it wanted Kane’s counterpart, Granit Xhaka, to don an armband on which “You can see a heart with various colors that represent the diversity of humanity.”

Although FIFA has previously backed moves such as the knee grab, it must now ask if it supports the eight European nations doing something that could embarrass the Qatari hosts, with the Welsh FA confirming they have asked permission to armbands. be used throughout the tournament.

During a session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the Emir of Qatar promised to deliver a World Cup without discrimination.

“The Qatari people will welcome football fans from all walks of life with open arms,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani swore.

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Elsewhere, Poland and their captain Robert Lewandowski have revealed the striker will sport a blue and yellow armband in solidarity with Ukraine while representing his country in Qatar.

The FC Barcelona star made the promise to former Ukrainian coach and soccer icon Andrey Shevchenko.

Poland reached the 2022 World Cup after refusing to play against Russia in a March qualifying semi-final in Moscow, before UEFA and FIFA banned Russian teams from international competitions in response to the military operation in Ukraine.

After receiving a bye into the playoff final, Poland beat Sweden 2-0 to book their place in Group C in Qatar, alongside Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Lionel’s Argentina Messi.


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