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FIFA labelled a ‘disgrace’ and ‘let themselves down’ amid OneLove armband U-turn | Football | Sport

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Only three hours before England’s match, FIFA announced that England and 6 other nations wouldn’t wear the OneLove armband in Qatar. The armband was going to be worn by players as a way of highlighting their disagreement with beliefs about homosexuality in Qatar which sees it as illegal.

The U-turn was decided after FIFA threatened booking any captain who selected to wear the pro-LGBTQ+ armband.

England captain Harry Kane said: “We’re disenchanted. We desired to wear it, that call was taken out of my hands.”

Meanwhile, Sky News presenter Roy Keane told ITV: “The players could have worn the OneLove armband for the primary game and brought their punishment.

“That may have been a fantastic statement, take your yellow card and the medication and move on. You don’t wear it for the second game as you don’t wish to get suspended.”

He added: “England and Wales must have stuck to their guns and passed through with it.”

Former Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens, who got here out as homosexual in 2007, defended the players of England and Wales for not wearing the armbands on Newsnight.

Twitter user @reallouisdicko criticised the players saying: “Great work lads. No higher way of constructing a stand by…checks notes doing nothing.”

Talking to Victoria Derbyshire, Mr Owens said: “Credit to them for wanting to wear it and I believe people should not point the finger on the players or the FAW or the Football Association of England.

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“There is barely one body and fault here and that’s FIFA in that last minute in threatening players with a yellow card for wearing it.

“It’s totally comprehensible why the players didn’t wear it and there is no such thing as a blame on them in any respect.”

Football pundit and former skilled football player Alex Scott was praised for selecting to wear the armband while she presented her commentary on television from Qatar.

As a girl who has not openly declared her sexuality but has had relationships with each men and ladies, she has been praised as “brave” for her actions which the players didn’t do.

Twitter user @westendhannah said: “Alex Scott having larger balls than the lads’s players just isn’t surprising, she is in a rustic where she may very well be imprisoned for her sexuality and is here wearing the armband like she is. We love you Alex, thanks.”

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Comedian Sarah Keyworth added: “That is the rationale queer people hate performative corporate allyship. The virtue signalling.

“The rainbow sandwiches and pride flag toothbrushes. Everyone knows that when silence is more lucrative, you’ll all keep your mouths shut. Good on you @AlexScott thanks for being so brave.”

Mr Owens noted that while it was a shame the players didn’t wear the band, he believes it “has highlighted the problem and given it more publicity that it will’ve done in the event that they had worn the armband”.

He added: “Hopefully numerous good will come from this and hopefully FIFA will take an extended hard take a look at themselves…They’ve actually let themselves down.”

One other social media user concluded: “FIFA is a disgrace and the FA must have more courage, shame on them.”

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