The Polemic Using the LGBT Rainbow Symbol at the 2022 World Cup, Harry Kane Finally Gets Rid of the Ban – LGBT symbols are hotly debated at the 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s Head of Security for the 2022 World Cup, Abdullah Al Nasari, said there was a ban on symbols or attitudes or campaigns from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups in the Middle Eastern country.

Abdullah Al Nasari stated that he would not tolerate anything related to LGBT during the 2022 World Cup. This was also in line with Qatar, which is one of the countries in the world that is known for its Islamic religion and opposes LGBT.

This later became a polemic. There are pros and cons. Regarding the pro side, Abdullah stated that the reason for the ban was because the presence of the audience was to buy tickets, not to demonstrate.

Ban ‘One Love’

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Initially, England, Belgium, Germany, Wales, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands strongly opposed the ban. The seven countries gave signals that they would continue to use the One Love rainbow pattern captain’s armband.

The use of the One Love armband is a way for players to express the importance of inclusivity and the elimination of acts of discrimination. England captain Harry Kane also wanted to use the tire, but did not. Apart from Harry Kane, the German national team goalkeeper also had plans to wear One Love tires.

This issue also provoked comments from activists and campaigners for LGBTQ+ rights. They criticized FIFA for imposing yellow card sanctions on players wearing One Love tires. For them, it is a form of discrimination when they are themselves.

Pride in Football, which is a network of LGBTQ+ support groups, also criticized this ban. His party said this was a form of ignoring the fundamental human right to free speech.

The UK and other European countries are also subject to this policy. They don’t want to risk the team’s performance on the field.

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The Pro Party with Qatar Policy

One of those who are pro with this policy is James Cleverly as British Foreign Secretary. James Cleverly said that LGBTQ+ football fans should respect the country’s laws.

FIFA ban on ‘One Love’ ban

Responding to this, FIFA also threatened that all captains who are determined to use the One Love ban will be subject to sanctions in the form of a yellow card, not just a fine. Then, the seven countries also accepted FIFA’s provisions and did not use the One Love ban.

FIFA set this ban because of a request from the Qatari government. FIFA also cannot allow players to be penalized or even forced to leave the playing area.

As an alternative, FIFA also allows the campaign ‘No Discrimination’ or unity. All captains are required to wear the captain’s armband from FIFA. This is done to maintain the integrity of the playing field for all participants.

Captains who agree not to use One Love tires

The goalkeeper who also serves as the captain of the French national team, Hugo Lloris agreed not to wear the One Love captain’s armband at the 2022 World Cup. Hugo Lloris respects the hosts of the 2022 World Cup. Hugo Lloris said he wants to respect the local culture and for him this is quite simple.

The captain of the England national team, Harry Kane, previously insisted that he would still wear the ‘One Love’ armband, but in the end, in the match versus Iran (21/11/2022), he appeared not to be wearing it.

So far, there are 8 national team captains who have agreed not to wear the rainbow tires.

Journalists Prohibited from Entering Wearing Rainbow T-shirts

A journalist from the United States named Grant Wahl was detained by security forces while covering the 2022 World Cup. The reason was, he was wearing a rainbow-patterned shirt and had to take it off. This is seen as support for LGBT groups.

Contributors : Annisa Fianni Sisma

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