FIFA asked to let Harry Kane and others wear rainbow-colored armbands in Qatar

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Peter Kavinsky

A ban on anti-discrimination armbands at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would send a “devastating” signal, said a head of the world players union.

FIFA has yet to confirm whether captains from nine European countries, including England and Wales, will be able to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband at tournament matches this winter.

Same-sex relationships and their promotion are illegal in Qatar, which has also been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers.

Fifpro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has urged world football’s governing body to “think hard” before banning armbands and hopes some players will take a stand on human rights issues in the finals.

“I think there will be a devastating signal (if FIFA bans armbands), but I don’t think that will happen,” Baer-Hoffmann told the PA news agency.

“I would encourage anyone to think hard about trying to stop players from doing that. And I think, ultimately, it will be possible to do that.”

Baer-Hoffman compared the situation to a situation that developed at the men’s Euro Cup last summer, when UEFA opened an investigation into whether German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s use of a rainbow armband was a political statement.

Ultimately, it was decided that Neuer, who wore the armband in support of the LGBT+ community in Pride Month, had no reason to respond.

A ban on anti-discrimination armbands at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would send a “devastating” signal, said a head of the world players union.

FIFA has yet to confirm whether captains from nine European countries, including England and Wales, will be able to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband at tournament matches this winter.

Same-sex relationships and their promotion are illegal in Qatar, which has also been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers.

Fifpro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has urged world football’s governing body to “think hard” before banning armbands and hopes some players will take a stand on human rights issues in the finals.

“I think there will be a devastating signal (if FIFA bans armbands), but I don’t think that will happen,” Baer-Hoffmann told the PA news agency.

“I would encourage anyone to think hard about trying to stop players from doing that. And I think, ultimately, it will be possible to do that.”

Baer-Hoffman compared the situation to a situation that developed at the men’s Euro Cup last summer, when UEFA opened an investigation into whether German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s use of a rainbow armband was a political statement.

Ultimately, it was decided that Neuer, who wore the armband in support of the LGBT+ community in Pride Month, had no reason to respond.

A ban on anti-discrimination armbands at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would send a “devastating” signal, said a head of the world players union.

FIFA has yet to confirm whether captains from nine European countries, including England and Wales, will be able to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband at tournament matches this winter.

Same-sex relationships and their promotion are illegal in Qatar, which has also been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers.

Fifpro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has urged world football’s governing body to “think hard” before banning armbands and hopes some players will take a stand on human rights issues in the finals.

“I think there will be a devastating signal (if FIFA bans armbands), but I don’t think that will happen,” Baer-Hoffmann told the PA news agency.

“I would encourage anyone to think hard about trying to stop players from doing that. And I think, ultimately, it will be possible to do that.”

Baer-Hoffman compared the situation to a situation that developed at the men’s Euro Cup last summer, when UEFA opened an investigation into whether German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s use of a rainbow armband was a political statement.

Ultimately, it was decided that Neuer, who wore the armband in support of the LGBT+ community in Pride Month, had no reason to respond.

A ban on anti-discrimination armbands at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would send a “devastating” signal, said a head of the world players union.

FIFA has yet to confirm whether captains from nine European countries, including England and Wales, will be able to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband at tournament matches this winter.

Same-sex relationships and their promotion are illegal in Qatar, which has also been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers.

Fifpro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has urged world football’s governing body to “think hard” before banning armbands and hopes some players will take a stand on human rights issues in the finals.

“I think there will be a devastating signal (if FIFA bans armbands), but I don’t think that will happen,” Baer-Hoffmann told the PA news agency.

“I would encourage anyone to think hard about trying to stop players from doing that. And I think, ultimately, it will be possible to do that.”

Baer-Hoffman compared the situation to a situation that developed at the men’s Euro Cup last summer, when UEFA opened an investigation into whether German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s use of a rainbow armband was a political statement.

Ultimately, it was decided that Neuer, who wore the armband in support of the LGBT+ community in Pride Month, had no reason to respond.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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