The World Cup, a festival for people from all over the world, is in full swing, but as the World Cup is held in the Middle East for the first time in history, anti-discrimination voices continue everywhere.
In particular, it is the “rainbow ban” that has attracted a lot of attention.
Qatar, an Islamic country, bans homosexuality by law, which is strict enough to carry the death penalty if violated.
For this reason, Qatar has banned all jewelry and clothing in rainbow colors that represent the rights of sexual minorities.
Initially, the captains of the seven European national teams decided to play wearing rainbow-colored so-called “rainbow armbands”, which meant against various discrimination, but Harry Kane, the International Football Association (FIFA) warned that players wearing these armbands would you are given a yellow card. The captains of every country, including , have retired the use of the armband.
It’s this bracelet.
The so-called ‘One Love’ armband, featuring the number ‘1’ and a rainbow heart, is an extension of the 2020 campaign launched by the Dutch Football Association to fight discrimination and promote diversity and inclusion.
However, when FIFA announced a ban on wearing the “rainbow armband” at the World Cup in Qatar, it rather gave wings to the “rainbow armband”. It has gained explosive popularity among the fans.
The Dutch company that produced this bracelet claimed that all bracelets already made were sold out and had gone into additional production.
Also, ministers wearing armbands instead of players in stadiums have become a hot topic.
German Interior Minister Nancy Peder and Belgian Foreign Minister Hazard Laviv attracted attention by appearing wearing “rainbow headbands”.
The German players shut up before the game and took a group photo to protest the ‘rainbow band’ sanctions.
Banning bracelets is denying our voices.
Eventually, the German and English Football Associations are also considering a plan to lodge a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the International Football Federation, which has decided to sanction the rainbow armband.
Qatar, where various controversies regarding discrimination and human rights have already broken out before the opening. It’s time to listen to the voices of minorities hiding behind the applause of the World Cup.
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