2022 Qatar World Cup Human rights protests and reactions live: LGBTQ, armbands, rainbow flags…


Why are World Cup captains not wearing rainbow armbands? Immediate and harsh reaction

Ahead of Game 2, between England and Iran, the communication came out that several captains who had planned to send a strong but subtle message would not be happening.

Back in September, the English Football Association communicated to FIFA that the team’s captain would wear a ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband for games in the 2022 World Cup. It’s purpose, to send a message of support to the LGBT+ community and a reminder to controversial hosts Qatar that inclusivity and human rights are fundamental in a modern society.

As Monday 21 November arrived, Day 2 of the tournament, England captain Harry Kane was readying himself for the nation’s first game against Iran, another country that could be aided from his stance. Instead, a joint statement from the Football Associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands make it clear that the governing body’s sanctions has changed their minds.

So much for Gianni Infantino’s “I feel gay” speech a few days ago. What do they say about words vs actions?

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