Banning anti-discrimination armbands at the World Cup in Qatar would send a “devastating” signal, a head of the global players’ union has said.
FIFA has yet to confirm whether the captains of nine European nations, including England and Wales, will be allowed to wear the “OneLove” armband in matches at the tournament 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 football’s world governing body to “think very hard” before banning armbands and expects some players to take a stand on the issues regardless. human rights in the final.
“I think there will be a devastating sign (if FIFA ban armbands), but I don’t think that will happen eventually,” Baer-Hoffmann told PA news agency.
“I encourage everyone to think very seriously about trying to prevent players from doing this. And I think eventually it will be possible to do so.
Baer-Hoffman compared this to a situation that developed during the Men’s Euro last summer when tournament organizers UEFA launched an investigation into whether wearing a rainbow armband -sky by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was a political statement.
In the end, it was decided that Neuer, who wore the armband to support the LGBT+ community during Pride Month, had no case to answer.