World Cup: MPs condemn FIFA for threatening players about captaincy

Members of Canada’s Parliament passed a motion unanimously on Tuesday condemning FIFA’s decision to threaten sanctions on the field if soccer players attending the World Cup wear armbands in support of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Some captains planned to wear “One Love” armbands as a rebuke to the human rights record of the host country Qatar, where homosexuality is considered a crime.

But football’s governing body says that wearing the captain’s armband on the pitch can result in a severe penalty that prompts players to give a one-time warning to avoid disqualification for that and the next.

The House of Commons has passed a motion saying that international sports governing bodies have a moral obligation to assist players and fans in highlighting the fight for equality against the United States. homophobia, transphobia and all forms of discrimination in sport.

FIFA proposed a compromise on Monday and said it would allow captains to wear armbands that read “Non-discrimination”, adding a statement that it was an “inclusive organisation”.

Canada’s captain, Atiba Hutchinson, said he plans to wear the armband in the country’s opening game against Belgium on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 22, 2022.

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