FIFA has launched the No Discrimination campaign as a potential substitute to the OneLove band. Captains can use that band for the duration of the World Cup. Only that was the plan until the quarterfinals. In a statement, the World Football Association notes that it is an inclusive organisation which also supports the One Love initiative.
Despite this, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Wales, and Switzerland captains are not permitted to wear the OneLove band during the World Cup. They will be given a yellow card if they do so. FIFA emphasises that the rules require each captain to don the captain’s armband issued by FIFA.
No Discrimination campaign prohibited by FIFA
Using the OneLove band is thus prohibited. FIFA is an inclusive company that wants soccer to serve society by promoting good and legal action, but it has to do so within the confines of competition laws that everyone understands.
Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, has stated his support for the LGBTI community. “I have discussed this with the country’s Supreme Leader. Everyone is welcome, they have confirmed, and I can confirm. If someone argues otherwise, they are not speaking for the country, and certainly not FIFA.”
Contrary to FIFA’s belief, BBC’s Alex Scott issued a forceful statement on Monday. With the One Love band wrapped around her arm, she looks ahead to England – Iran.
The skippers of seven European countries, including England, were supposed to enter the field with the One Love band. However, FIFA stated on Monday that this would result in a yellow card. As a result, the action was cancelled.
Alex Scott wore the band before the commencement of England’s opening fixture against Iran. The former England women’s team international is in Qatar as a pundit for the BBC. On social media, she is flooded with accolades. Also flooding the social media is an opinion for the captains to continue donning the band. Even if it results in a booking.