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FSA statement: Player protests at Qatar 2022

After FIFA clamped down on the “One Love” armbands at the 2022 World Cup, various national teams have been exploring ways to support the LGBT+ community during the tournament – most notably Germany before their game against Japan yesterday.

Ashley Brown from the FSA’s England Fans’ Embassy said:

“For all its corporate messaging around diversity, and everyone being welcome, FIFA capitulated to intolerance when it banned players from wearing the One Love armband.

“Such was FIFA’s timing, falling on the morning of England’s World Cup opener, that players had little time to react and, understandably, by that stage were in game mode.

“Germany obviously had a little more time to think about how they would make their statement and they’re to be commended for making such an impactful and meaningful gesture.

“We’re sure that action hasn’t gone without notice in the England squad, many of the players have a track record in speaking up on social issues, and we’re certain they’d have approved.”

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