England captain Harry Kane won’t put on a pro-LGBTQ+ armband Monday, throughout England’s opening match towards Iran on the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Together with six different European international locations, England dropped plans for the captain to put on a “One Love” armband because of FIFA’s risk of “sporting sanctions” — doubtless yellow playing cards for offending gamers. Homosexuality is prohibited in Qatar.
“We can not put our gamers within the state of affairs the place they is perhaps booked and even compelled to go away the sphere of play,” a joint statement from the Soccer Associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland reads. The group of groups added that they’re “very pissed off” after a letter despatched to world soccer governing physique FIFA in September informing concerning the want to put on the armband went unanswered.
Over the weekend, the German and Danish groups had vowed that their captains would put on the armband, however these international locations have now reversed their place.
Qatar has confronted criticism ever because it was awarded the match in 2010 for its therapy of migrant staff, in addition to its stance on the LGBTQ+ group and ladies’s rights.
The armband row follows different debates over strict guidelines on the Qatar World Cup, together with a controversial last-minute determination to ban the sale of alcohol in match stadiums.
On Saturday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino blasted Western critics of Qatar’s internet hosting of the World Cup, accusing them of “hypocrisy” earlier than the beginning of the worldwide soccer match.
Slamming FIFA and Qatar’s critics for double requirements, Infantino mentioned: “I feel for what we Europeans have been doing within the final 3,000 years world wide, we ought to be apologizing for the following 3,000 years, earlier than beginning to give ethical classes to individuals.”