What is this armband worn by Raphaël Varane?


The captains of nine teams, including France, will wear an armband called
Twitter @equipedefrance The captains of nine teams, including France, will wear an armband called « One Love » against discrimination.

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The captains of nine teams, including France, will wear an armband called « One Love » against discrimination.

FOOTBALL – Harry Kane for England, Raphaël Varane for France, Manuel Neuer for Germany… Nine captains of European football teams will wear an armband, called “ One Love  » with colored stripes, during the matches of the League of Nations and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. An operation in favor of inclusion and against discrimination, several federations announced on Wednesday 21 September.

The selections of the Netherlands, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, as well as Norway and Sweden are also participating in the campaign, the latter two countries not being qualified, however, for the 2022 World Cup.

“The love of football unites us all”

“It is an initiative of different European federations so tomorrow I will wear a slightly different armband, a symbol”, confirmed Wednesday at a press conference Raphaël Varane, wearing the armband against Austria this Thursday in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. «  For me, it’s an honor to defend certain values, so that won’t be a problem. ». A common message that the French player appreciates. “It’s good to have this unit. We are often adversaries but sometimes we also manage to fight together. »

“As captains, we will challenge each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination”also explains the Englishman Harry Kane, quoted in a press release from the English Federation.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pointed out that « the love of football unites us all, no matter where we come from, how we look or who we love (…) football must be there for all those who feel discriminated against and rejected ».

In favor of inclusion and against discrimination

The German Federation also clarified that the initiative came from a UEFA working group responsible for studying the «  issues relating to labor rights and human rights in Qatar until the World-2022 ».

The authorities of the small Gulf emirate are often criticized by NGOs for their treatment of migrant workers, particularly in the construction, security and domestic work sectors. The non-existent recognition of LGBT + rights is also pointed out.

Accusations vigorously rejected by the authorities who emphasize having reformed labor laws. As for the Qatari organizers of the World Cup, they assure that members of the LGBT + community will be welcomed without discrimination, despite laws criminalizing sexual relations between people of the same sex in the country.

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