FIFA, at the World Cup in Qatar, dismissed the use of the “One Love” captain’s ribbon, with the colors that identify the LGBT community
In the run-up to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the controversy arose over the captain’s armband that different teams had planned to use, with the colors that identify the LGBT community and the phrase “One Love”, something that FIFA rejected, to the point that it threatened with sports sanctions.
In response, the seven European teams that were going to use the multicolored ribbon, before their respective debuts in the maximum event, issued a statement, in which they explained that they were renouncing the use of the inclusive bracelet and against discrimination.
“FIFA has been very clear, it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch. As national associations, we cannot ask our players to risk sporting sanctions, including yellow cards.”wrote these seven federations, including England, which already debuted with a win against Iran in Group B.
And they highlighted in the statement: “We are very frustrated by FIFA’s decision, which we believe is unprecedented. We wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our desire to use the One Love bracelet to actively support inclusion in football, and we got no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed: They are strong advocates of inclusion and will show their support in other ways.”
In the match, Harry Kane, captain of the English team, instead of the “One Love” tape, used another black one with the phrase “No discrimination” (No discrimination), next to a heart drawing.
Kane, like his teammates, also took a knee at the start of the game in support of the movement ‘Black Lives Matter’something very common in the Premier League.
In this way, the England National Team, one of the federations along with Germany, the Netherlands, Wales, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland that was going to use the One Love tape, found its way of expressing itself in defense of human rights.
A day before the match, before FIFA’s warning was released, Kane had expressed his intention to wear the bracelet. “I feel like we’ve made it clear as a team, as a staff and as an organization that we want to wear the armband. I know the FA is talking to FIFA at the moment. We have made it clear that we want to take it.”assured the striker and figure of Tottenham.
Other captains used the same tape
The United States also did the same in the match against Wales. your captain, Tyler Adams, footballer of the Leeds United of the Premier, also used the captain’s tape with the legend “No discrimination” authorized by FIFA.
In the other side, Gareth Bale, from Wales, also wore the same ribbonalbeit in white.
Y Virgil van Dijkleader of the Netherlands, who beat Senegal, joined the claim with the same bracelet, in yellow.