FIFA World Cup: Canada captain wears FIFA-approved ‘non-discrimination’ armband – National

Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson will wear FIFA’s official ‘non-discrimination’ armband during Canada’s World Cup opener against Belgium on Wednesday.

Some teams had planned to wear “One Love” armbands, seen as a rebuke to host country Qatar’s human rights record, but the Canadian man did not give details of his plans.

But after FIFA threatened to punish players for showing yellow cards on the field, some World Cup teams backed down on Monday, abandoning plans for their captains to wear the armbands in question. That meant the captain started the game yellow and he was one caution away from that game and the next ejection.

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The European team may have simply expected to be fined.

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According to FIFA rules, “At the FIFA Finals, the captain of each team must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA.”

No one wore a “One Love” armband on Monday.England’s Harry Kane wore approved black ‘non-discrimination’ armbands for the match against Iran.The England team also kneeled before kick-off as an anti-racism gesture.

“This is what we stand for as a team and have been for a long time,” England manager Gareth Southgate said before the game.

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Asked on Monday if Canada intended to follow England’s example by making the gesture, defender Stephen Vitria said: “This group is always ready to help us do what we believe is right. I think.

“I don’t want to go into the details of that, but I think our image as a country, Canada, will always be here to defend the good. It’s a sport, but life isn’t always a sport.” Hmm.”

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A Canadian Soccer official later said Hutchinson would wear a “non-discrimination” armband in a decision made team-wide.

The armband issue is the latest controversy that threatens to overshadow on-field play. Conservative Muslim Qatar has faced many criticisms since winning the World Cup in 2010, including its treatment of underpaid migrant workers and women, and the suppression of free speech. It was specifically accused of criminalizing homosexuality.

FIFA had previously planned to introduce a “non-discrimination” campaign from the quarter-finals.

A detailed view of the captain’s armband worn by England’s Harry Kane during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on November 21.

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FIFA had previously suggested that the captain wear an armband with a common but socially conscious slogan.

On Monday, it offered a compromise, saying all 32 team captains would “get the chance” to wear armbands with the slogan “No Discrimination” in group games.

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FIFA said in a statement: “FIFA is an inclusive organization that wants football to serve society’s interests by supporting good and just causes, but it’s all about the laws of the game we all know. It has to be done within a framework.

“We have reiterated our support for the LGBTQI+ community at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement.

“I have been discussing this issue with the country’s top leaders,” Infantino said in a statement. “They have confirmed. I can confirm that everyone is welcome. Having said that, it is certainly not the opinion of the country and certainly not the opinion of FIFA.”

America’s top diplomat on Tuesday criticized FIFA’s decision. US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken, speaking with his Qatari counterparts at a press conference, said he was “always concerned when we see restrictions on freedom of expression.”

“Especially when it comes to expressing diversity and inclusion,” said Brinken at the Diplomatic Club in Doha. You shouldn’t be forced to choose whether or not to play for your team.”

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Blinken’s remarks.

— with files from The Associated Press

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