FIFA bans England from wearing ‘One Love’ armband at last minute or face bookings

Following on from the decision two days ago to make a last minute ban on the sale of alcohol to ordinary fans whilst watching the World Cup games in the stadium, despite it being accepted right up until the day before yesterday’s opening game featuring Qatar against Ecuador.

Now FIFA have made it clear once again that they will pander to the wishes of the Qataris to ban the One Love armbands, which signifies equality and inclusion of LBGT+ rights for everyone in football.

And it is not just Harry Kane’s England team, this has also affected Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, who also had intended to wear them.

“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” a joint statement from the nations read. “As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.

“We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.

“We are very frustrated by the FIFA decision which we believe is unprecedented — we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our wish to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, and had no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed — they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.”

The delay in response until the first day the armband was going to be worn is yet again giving the teams no chance to formulate a concerted response or protest, and just like the beer ban, gives them no room to manouevre.

What other rules are going to be imposed by this repressive Qatari regime?


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  1. Is it not funny that following the laws of another country is termed repressive to the Western agenda?

    The world should respect their beliefs too. It can’t get simpler than that. If you have to blame anyone, blame FIFA, not Qatar.

    1. I support England but pls Yellow card is not anough, give all of them red card if they try that nonsense, Including their fans on the stand. I hate nonsense.

    2. slye, Nonsense! Supposing it was British policy to duck witches as many centuries sago , actually DID happen! Would you then , if coming to Britain, say we should all condone ducking witches too?

      I use an extreme analogy to make a principled point and to point out to you that hatred is hatred whereever it exists and we MUST NEVER condone that evil , by turning a blind eye to HATRED.
      Decent humans the world over have asacred duty to oppose and condemn hatred and not to excuse it by a lame and cowardly excuse, as your post does. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!


    3. I have zero respect for certain laws. Wrong is plain wrong, there’s no excusing some things that are happening all around the world.

    1. If anyone feels so strongly about this then they can refuse to play and head home.

      Leta see what mattera more to these players and fans, human rights or their own personal gain/enjoyment.

  2. What a bunch of cowards and unthinking nonsense, it is depressing to read on this thread. Only one person who has any life knowledge of how hateful evil is. And that only one, sadly is myself!

    1. Nothing depressing, Qatar is a country with their own rules and regulations. Their people apparently don’t condone lgbtq beliefs, and their rules deserved to be respected. Same as any other nation who has rules governing their nation. The only thing depressing here sadly, is that you cannot comprehend respecting their beliefs because it doesn’t tally with yours.

      1. And like I said, FIFA is the one to blame. They apparently know the rules governing their nation but yet gave them the slot to hold the WC. Leave Qatar out of it.

          1. You make me laugh man. Your intellect can only make insults but no intellectual discuss.

            At this point, it’s worthless responding to you.

            1. Actually, I did post “intellectual discussion”in my first post but you admitted you failed to understand it. And from only my second word onwards too. Oh dear!

              Anyway,I far prefer debating people who have PROPER intellect.

  3. It’s like FIFA are doing its best to ruin this world cup for the people, would they have a reason to act petty?

    I remember the old Jon used to also quote One Love every so often, what happened, where is the love? They should probably wear head-bands instead

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