Eden Hazard spoke to the French medium RMC Sport, after the Red Devils’ hard-fought 1-0 victory against Canada at the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, about the soap around the ‘One Love’ band. “I don’t feel comfortable talking about it because I’m here to play football,” said the Real Madrid player.
Hazard was due to wear the ‘One Love’ band as captain of the Belgians, but after a threat from FIFA, none of the countries involved (England, Wales, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium), who had announced the gesture to make for freedom and support for LGBTQIA+ rights, the risk. “I didn’t want to start the game with a yellow card, that would have been annoying for the rest of the tournament,” said Hazard. “If I had to do it over again, I might wear the band.”
Hazard also received a question about the gesture of the German team, whose players posed for the traditional team photo with a hand over their mouth on Wednesday before the match against Japan (2-1 loss). That move was symbolic and referred to FIFA muzzling players’ freedom of speech.
“But then the Germans lost the game,” said Hazard. “They would have been better off not doing that and winning. We are here to play football, I am not here to convey a political message, other people are better placed for that. We want to concentrate on football.”
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