Twice, the French Football Federation (FFF) wrote to FIFA to ask if it was authorized to have the captain of the Blues wear the rainbow armband “One Love” imagined to defend the cause of LGBT people. + but also other minorities. A request remained a dead letter which convinced the FFF not to wear the rainbow armband to Hugo Lloris for the match against Australia on Tuesday (8 p.m.).
The Blues goalkeeper and Noël Le Graët had already been very reserved on the subject a few days ago. “We will discuss it. But I just love that he doesn’tsaid the president of the FFF in our columns. We are going to play in a country that we must respect. » A position followed by the Tottenham goalkeeper: “On the subject, of course, I have my personal opinion. And it joins a little bit that of President Noël Le Graët. When we are in France, when we welcome foreigners, we often want them to comply with our rules, to respect our culture, and I will do the same when I go to Qatar, quite simply. Afterwards, I can agree or not with their ideas, but I have to show respect for that. »
A position which had aroused strong criticism in the LGBT + community, for example by the voice of Yoann Lemaire, president of the association Foot Ensemble, evoking remarks “lamentable”.
Among the 10 selections who planned to wear the “One love” armband (England, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Wales and Belgium), not all of them planned to react in the same way to FIFA’s silence. Thus, Harry Kane should wear the symbol for his match against Iran on Monday. “I think there is a possibility that we will be fined. And if it is, we’ll pay itannounced to Sky News Mark Bullingham, the director general of the English Federation. We think it’s really important to show our values. And that’s what we will do. »