The nine European teams participating in the World Cup finals at the end of this year have united with the “One Love” campaign launched by the Dutch to use the power of football to influence society, in order to promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination of any kind.
The Qatari government and the 2022 World Cup Organizing Committee refuse to allow homosexuality flags “rainbow” to enter stadiums or wave them in fan zones before, during and after the matches of the first tournament of its kind in the Arab region and the Middle East.
But the 9 participating teams in the World Cup (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales and England) united under the banner of One Love to fight discrimination against homosexuality.
The leaders of these teams will wear a distinctive badge bearing the “rainbow” colors of the LGBT community, during their matches in the Qatar World Cup 2022, in a clear and explicit response from them to the Qatari government’s refusal to enter the flag into the country.
The England national team announced through its official Twitter account today, Wednesday, September 21, its full commitment to the OneLove campaign, by wearing captain “Harry Kane” a badge bearing the phrase, and the colors of the rainbow flag.
“We reaffirm our commitment with other European countries to support OneLove,” the FA said. A campaign that uses the power of football to promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination.
Arab teams confront homosexuality
3 Arab teams will face homosexuality in the 2022 World Cup, where the draw put Qatar in the first group with the Netherlands, who founded the One Love campaign – OneLove, in addition to Senegal and Ecuador.
In Group E, Tunisia will meet two teams that support homosexuality “France and Denmark” by wearing the aforementioned badge, while the Australian team has not indicated whether it will adopt the same principle or not.
Morocco will play in Group F against “Belgium”, one of the strongest supporters, along with the Netherlands and England, for the phenomenon of homosexuality.
It is unlikely that the captain of Croatia or Canada will wear the badge of one love, as will be done by the nine European teams participating in the World Cup.
The Polish Football Association, Argentina or Mexico have not announced anything about this, so the Saudi national team will not face homosexuality during the World Cup group stage, as will happen with the Qatari, Tunisian and Moroccan trio, in addition to the religiously extremist Iran team, which will clash with Wales, England and the United States in Group Two competitions.