The Football Supporters’ Association has expressed ‘contempt’ for Fifa after plans for England and Wales to wear anti-discrimination armbands were scrapped under threat of a sporting sanction.
The English and Welsh FAs feared Harry Kane and Gareth Bale were booked for wearing the rainbow-coloured OneLove armband as it is not a Fifa-approved kit.
Fifa instead released its own armbands for the 32 competing nations to wear, and the FSA issued a furious statement in response, paraphrasing Fifa President Gianni Infantino’s bizarre ‘Today I feel gay’ speech. , Saturday.
“To paraphrase Fifa President Gianni Infantino – today LGBT+ football fans and their allies will feel angry,” a statement read.
“Today we feel betrayed. Today we despise an organization that has shown its true values by giving the yellow card to players and the red card to tolerance.
“Never again should a World Cup be handed out solely on the basis of money and infrastructure. No country that does not respect LGBT+ rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights or any other universal human right should have the honor of hosting a World Cup.
“Since 2010 we have been asking about Qatar’s suitability as a World Cup host. Everyone could see that coming and it’s amazing that on the morning of the World Cup opening in England , Fifa is trying to censor players for sharing a positive message.
Infantino hit out at European critics of Qatar on Saturday, accusing them of hypocrisy over their complaints about migrant and LGBTQ+ rights.
“I think for what we Europeans have done for the past 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start giving people moral lessons,” he said. in an extraordinary one-hour monologue.