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‘We are very frustrated’: England, Wales and five other European nations decide not to wear OneLove armband after FIFA threat


Nov 21, 2022

England and Wales have backed down and decided not to wear OneLove armbands after a threat from FIFA that captains could face an instant yellow card for doing so.

“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” a joint statement from the Football Associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland said.

“As national federations, 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.”

The teams said they were prepared to “pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations” but “cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play”.

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“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 One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, and had no response,” the statement added.

England open their World Cup campaign later today against Iran, and Wales play USA in the evening match.

It comes after FIFA president Gianni Infantino said “today I feel gay” during a tirade to journalists on Saturday in which he suggested he understood the plight of various oppressed groups because he had red hair.

“Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arabic. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel (like) a migrant worker,” he said.

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The president of FIFA said the West should not criticise Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup.

“Of course I am not Qatari, I am not an Arab, I am not African, I am not gay, I am not disabled.

“But I feel like it, because I know what it means to be discriminated, to be bullied, as a foreigner in a foreign country.

“As a child I was bullied – because I had red hair and freckles, plus I was Italian, so imagine.”

The Football Supporters Association (FSA) directed its anger at FIFA rather than the national football associations that have chosen to back down in the face of possible bookings.

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“To paraphrase FIFA president Gianni Infantino – today LGBT+ football supporters and their allies will feel angry,” it said in a statement.

“Today we feel betrayed. Today we feel contempt for an organisation that has shown its true values by giving the yellow card to players and the red card to tolerance.

“Never again should a World Cup be handed out solely on the basis of money and infrastructure. No country which falls short on LGBT+ rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights or any other universal human right should be given the honour of hosting a World Cup”

Source : BBC News

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