On the eve of the start of the World Cup in Qatar (20 November – 18 December), FIFA had to extricate itself from the thorny debate on the question of wearing the rainbow armband, intended to promote inclusion. This week, Hugo Lloris said that out of respect for the culture of Qatar, he would not wear the armband.
Saturday, via a circular that the daily ” West France “ was able to consult, FIFA announced “a series of promotional campaigns for great universal causes » for each day of the World Cup, intended for all qualified nations.
A different societal theme addressed each day
This will result in the wearing of a specific armband on each match day, on a different societal theme each time: Football Unites the world, Save The Planet, Protect Children, Education for all, no discrimination, Be Active and Football Unites the World. “These initiatives echo the objectives set out in the specific requests received by FIFA and reflect a desire to take into account all opinions”, specifies the circular.
“A common approach” hailed by Noël Le Graët
“It’s better and stronger for FIFA to adopt a common approach for all the teams, to have the same view of the realities, and we will obviously wear this armband”, entrusted to ” West France “ the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët. Germany was in favor of wearing this armband regardless of FIFA instructions. A will initially liable to fines.