While the opening match of the 2022 World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador took place without controversy, England-Iran could give rise to a huge debate if Harry Kane had worn the famous LGBT support armband.
This Monday, the Three Lions enter the World Cup against the team of Iran, and the whole planet will be watching Harry Kane, the captain of England. Because a few hours before the match, he thought that the Tottenham player was going to wear the armband one Love in rainbow colors in support of LGBT people and not the one officially given by FIFA. If that had been the case, the English media claim the match referee was told he had to give the England captain a warning, which obviously gave Harry Kane and the national team some serious musings. Questioned once again on this subject on the eve of France-Australia, Hugo Lloris was straight in his boots, the captain of the Blues having no intention of challenging FIFA and Qatar, whatever his position on this topic. In a press conference, the tricolor goalkeeper, and Kane’s teammate at the Spurs, assumed, before finally the European countries decided to imitate France and give up this armband.
Lloris is not here to challenge FIFA and Qatar
— French team ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 20, 2022
Aware that all this was once again going to generate an endless controversy, Qatar taking dearly for weeks, Hugo Lloris refuses to find himself caught in what looks like a big trap set for players who participate in this World Cup in Qatar. ” FIFA organizes the competition, defines a framework, rules. And we players, what we are asked to do is to play football and to best represent our countries in sport. I prefer to stay within my framework, that of player and competitor. But indeed, there are different causes which are laudable, which must be supported. Afterwards, as I said, FIFA decides on the organization “, made it clear to Hugo Lloris, who believes that it would still be strong to blame footballers for the choices made by the world football body more than ten years ago.
England and Wales decide not to wear OneLove armband at World Cup after FIFA threathttps://t.co/6SBZxb5MSS
—Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 21, 2022
In the meantime, following the risks of a sporting sanction, the seven European countries ready to challenge FIFA finally gave in and justified themselves. “ FIFA has been very clear that they will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch. As national federations, we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sports sanctions, so we asked captains not to wear armbands during World Cup matches. We were prepared to pay the fines that would normally apply to breaches of dress regulations and we were firmly committed to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in the position where they could be warned or even forced to leave the pitch. We are very frustrated with FIFA’s decision which we believe is unprecedented – we have written to FIFA in September to inform them of our wish to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, and we have had no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and they will show their support in other ways “, indicated in a joint statement lEngland, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. A rather surprising position, since there are still 24 hours, on the side of Denmark it was said to be ready to assume a sanction so that the captain of the national team wears this armband one Love.