The captains of eight European teams, including reigning world champion France, will wear an armband with colored stripes in favor of inclusion and against discrimination at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a few federations announced on Wednesday.
Harry Kane for England, Hugo Lloris for France, Manuel Neuer for Germany… At the World Cup, which will take place from November 20 to December 18, the captains of major European football teams will have to their arms an armband emblazoned with a heart filled with six parallel bands, the colors of which differ from those of the LGBT flag.
The France team has not publicly confirmed its participation but other federations concerned have included the Blues in their communications.
“As captains we will challenge each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination”explains the Englishman Harry Kane, quoted in a press release from the English Federation.
The German Federation specified that the initiative, called “One Love”, came from a UEFA working group responsible for studying the “labour and human rights issues in Qatar leading up to the 2022 World Cup”.
“The love of football unites us all, It doesn’t matter where we come from, how we look or who we love (…) football must be there for all those who feel discriminated against and rejected“, explained the German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
From the League of Nations
Also associated are the selections of the Netherlands, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, as well as Norway and Sweden, the latter two countries not having qualified, however, for the Cup. of the world. The campaign will start on Thursday during the League of Nations matches.
The authorities of the small Gulf emirate are regularly criticized by NGOs for their treatment of migrant workers, particularly in the construction, security and domestic work sectors, as well as LGBT + people.
Accusations rejected by the authorities who emphasize having reformed labor laws, and by the Qatari organizers of the World Cup who ensure that members of the LGBT + community will be welcomed without discrimination, despite laws criminalizing sexual relations between people of the same sex in the country.