PARIS – France’s sports minister has encouraged France’s World Cup teams to make a symbolic gesture in support of human rights after FIFA cracked down on ‘One Love’ armbands.
“Is there still a way for our French team to continue to express its commitment to human rights? “The Germans showed it.”
German players covered their mouths for a team photo before Wednesday’s World Cup opener. It was a response to FIFA effectively abolishing the plan to wear armbands of two teams.
Oudea-Castera said that in the coming weeks French players will be “free to express themselves”. It’s important to be represented.”
The French team issued a statement before flying to Qatar, saying the players supported the NGO’s human rights work and that all players and staff had made a collective donation towards them.
“The players have already expressed our feelings,” French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi said in Qatar on Thursday. I am here to have fun.”
Forward Marcus Thuram said he respects what the German has done.
“As Matteo said, we did something[with donations],” Thuram said. “If you think they defended a good cause, that’s good.”
Defending champions France beat Australia 4-1 in their first match of the World Cup on Tuesday. The team will face Denmark in their next Group D match on Saturday.
French minister pushes human rights gesture at World Cup
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