Josh Cavallo, an openly gay footballer for Adelaide United of Australia’s A-League, has criticized FIFA’s ban on players wearing the “OneLove” anti-discrimination armband during the World Cup. held in Qatar.
“I’m disappointed in FIFA. They make me feel excluded,” Cavallo said CNN’s Christiane Amanpour (h/t Emmet Lyons and Ami Kaufman). “You know, representation is important and there’s a lot of people watching these games, you know, that shows that FIFA’s intention is not to make… football a place for everyone. people, you know. We have families watching, we have next generation people watching. FIFA needs to do better. It’s the game of the world.”
Cavallo gives his opinion amid controversy raged by report says players are threatened with a one-match ban and countries have “major” sporting sanctions if players wear the “OneLove” rainbow captain’s armband as a show of solidarity with the community LGBTQ+ in World Cup matches. It’s a speak Fourth that the German Football Association is taking FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the matter.
According to CNN, Cavallo is recognized as The only openly gay professional top male soccer player In today’s world.
“If I was there and I was captain, yes, I would have worn the captain’s armband. I’m not ashamed to be myself,” Cavallo said of the players and countries that could face sanctions in World Cup time. “And that’s exactly why I debuted and became the person I am today. I really expect my captain to wear it.”
Australia captain Matthew Ryan did not wear the captain’s armband during Australia’s 1-4 loss to France in the opening match of the World Cup on Tuesday. Based on Joey Lynch of ESPN, Australia midfielder Jackson Irvine later said he would be “very awkward” to start a league game with a yellow card for wearing the captain’s armband.
Cavallo said of the decision: “It’s certainly worrying because FIFA puts them in a position as if they were going to risk the World Cup, which we trained as professional athletes and dream of representing our country on the world stage.” made by Australian players. “I praise the seven countries [who originally intended to wear the armband at the tournament] for wanting to embrace inclusivity in the World Cup campaign.”