GENEVA (AFP) – FIFA came under pressure on Wednesday from several European soccer federations who wanted their captain to wear a rainbow heart-shaped armband during World Cup matches in Qatar for their campaign against discrimination.
France and Germany, the last two World Cup champions, were among eight of the 13 European soccer teams to go to Qatar that joined the “OneLove” campaign, which It started in the Netherlands. The Netherlands will play Qatar in Group A on November 29.
FIFA rules prohibit teams from bringing their own captaincy designs to the World Cup and insist they must use equipment provided by the board of directors.
Weapon insignia is the latest battlefield of Players to push political messages Linked to the World Cup hosted by Qatar, where homosexual acts are illegal and the treatment of migrant workers building projects for the tournament has been in controversy for a decade.
“Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching,” England captain Harry Kane said in a statement.
The Swiss Football Association said it wanted captain Granit Xhaka to wear a badge “You can see a heart in assorted colors that represent the diversity of humanity”.
Footballers have embraced their platform to make statements in recent years. Kneeling on the field has been a routine before Premier League matches for two seasons after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered by a police officer in the United States.
FIFA support take the knee It must now decide whether to support some of its most influential member associations, in a gesture that could embarrass Qatar.
“A request has also been submitted to FIFA requesting permission to be granted for armbands to be worn during the FIFA World Cup,” The Welsh Football Association said in the current situation.
FIFA did not immediately comment on the request.
UEFA said it “fully supports the OneLove campaign, which (the Dutch FA) initially developed”.
Hand armbands will also be worn at UEFA-organised matches in the Nations League this week, including by the two captains when Belgium host Wales on Thursday.
UEFA previously allowed Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to wear the rainbow captain’s armband in last year’s European Championship matches, including against the tournament’s co-host. Hungary, where lawmakers pass anti-gay legislation during the tournament.
The campaign for armbands kicked off a day after the Emir of Qatar spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and promised him an indiscriminate World Cup.
“The Qatari people will welcome football fans from all walks of life with open arms,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said in a speech to other world leaders.
The eight European teams supporting the “OneLove” human rights campaign also included Belgium and Denmark. The five matches that did not participate in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday were Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Spain.
However, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski – twice the world’s best player in the world – He said this week that he will take a badge Blue and yellow flag of Ukraine to Qatar.
Poland refused to face Russia, the 2018 World Cup host nation, in a playoff match in March. Before the match, FIFA and UEFA banned Russian teams from participating in international competitions because the country had invaded Ukraine.
The campaign for armbands appeared while A committee of UEFA member associations Monitor Qatar’s progress on labor law reforms and other human rights ahead of the tournament.
That committee includes the Norwegian Football Association, whose president, Liz Clavens, played his part A harsh criticism of the Qatari project At the annual FIFA meeting in March in Doha on the eve of the tournament draw.
England and Wales were among the federations to acknowledge on Wednesday the progress made in Qatar since the wealthy emirate won the World Cup bid in December 2010.
However, the FA said the players will meet some migrant workers who will be invited to its training camp in Al Wakrah.
England also added support already expressed in Germany this week to the FIFA and World Cup organizers to compensate families of construction workers who died or were injured after coming to Qatar to help build stadiums, metro lines and hotels.
Amnesty International has proposed that FIFA pay $440 million in compensation to match the prize money paid to the 32 teams in Qatar.
At a German Football Association event on Monday, an invited fan who is gay used the platform to urge the Qatari ambassador that his country repeal anti-homosexual laws. Ambassador Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani complained that human rights issues were distracting attention from the tournament.
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