In the absence of FIFA’s clearance, the French Football Federation (FFF) has decided that the national team captain will not wear the armband for the France-Australia match scheduled for Tuesday
In the absence of clearance from Fifa, the French Football Federation (FFF) has decided that the captain of the national team will not wear the inclusive rainbow armband for the match against Australia scheduled for next Tuesday at 8pm at the World Cup in Qatar. This was revealed by ‘L’Equipe’.
The Fff, writes the transalpine sports newspaper, wrote to Fifa to ask if it was authorized to make the captain of the ‘Bleus’ wear the armband in support of the Lgbtqia+ community. This is a question that has not received any answer, convincing the FFF to make this decision.
The French sports minister, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra today explained that France was awaiting the decision from Fifa. “I think the issue is not closed because Fifa hasn’t pronounced yet. We thought in the last few days that they would ban the armband but for now they haven’t decided yet. The decision is imminent. We are at a time when the rules will be more precise”, he stressed this morning to the microphones of Rmc Oudéa-Castéra.
The minister, on the other hand, had explained that “it is extremely important that the team has committed itself with a letter in recent days. The letter from Les Bleus is unambiguous and shows their commitment against all forms of discrimination”. In the letter, in particular, the ‘Bleus’ had announced their financial support to some NGOs that defend human rights through their ‘Génération 2018’ endowment fund. These NGOs, Oudéa-Castéra points out, “could be Amnesty, Human Rights Watch”.
Regarding the safety of fans in Qatar, especially homosexual ones, the minister explained: “Both the Emir and the various ministers said that everyone was welcome in Qatar, whatever their origin, gender, sexual orientation or religion”.