“As national federations we cannot put our players in a situation where they face sporting sanctions, including warnings, so we have asked captains not to attempt to wear the armbands at FIFA World Cup matches.”
“We were willing to pay fines that would normally be imposed for gear violations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they are cautioned or even forced to leave the field,” the statement added.
According to CNN, the decision not to present the armband in Qatar comes hours before England’s opening game against Iran. The countries said they were “frustrated” by what they felt was an “unprecedented” decision by FIFA to sanction captains should they wear the armband.
“We wrote to FIFA in September to say we would like to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, but have not received a response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong advocates of inclusion and will show their support in other ways.”
Despite its laws prohibiting LGBTQ rights, the country of Qatar has repeatedly publicly insisted that “everyone is welcome” at this year’s tournament.
From Qatar to Colorado Springs, anti-LGBTQ hatred is a constant threat.
The decision to ban the unifying armbands follows a 22-year-old gunman who entered an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, just before midnight Saturday. The gunman immediately opened fire, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others, before guests confronted and stopped him, police said Sunday.
The suspect in the Club Q shooting has been identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, according to Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez. He used a long rifle in the shooting, and two guns were found at the scene, Vasquez said.
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. Whether or not it constituted a hate crime is part of the investigation into the attack, Vasquez said.
As senseless gun violence is affecting another community and hate speech against LGBTQ people is on the rise among far-right influencers and others online, experts warn that extremist groups may see the rhetoric as a call to action.
AP News reports that may have been the case when 31 members of the neo-Nazi group Patriot Front were arrested in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in early June and charged with conspiring to riot at a Pride event, Sophie Bjork-James said. an assistant professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University who researches the white nationalist movement, racism and hate crimes in the United States
The arrests came as a toxic brew of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric was brewing in Idaho and elsewhere.
“There is a very clear relationship between the normalization of this hateful content and extremist groups attempting to mobilize hateful action around it,” she said. “We can see a direct relationship between the spectrum of anti-LGBT rhetoric from government agencies to these extremist groups.”
The Department of Homeland Security warned last week that white nationalists and racists are using social media platforms like Instagram, Telegram and TikTok to present skewed portrayals of divisive issues like abortion, guns and LGBTQ rights, potentially leading extremists to public Attack locations in the US
Joe Biden issued a statement Sunday saying, “We must address the inequalities that contribute to violence” against the LGBTQ community.