Several teams will wear a rainbow armband at the Qatar World Cup, despite the fact it may be prohibited by FIFA, with organisers yet to grant permission for the anti-discrimination initiative amid anger over Qatar's anti-LGBTQ laws.
Several national soccer federations announced that their captains will wear a rainbow armband during the tournament as part of an anti-discrimination initiative over anti-LGBTQ laws in Qatar. For now, the nations supporting it are England, Wales, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Swtizerland, but it is expected more countries will join them.
Despite the fact that no permission has yet been given by FIFA, the national federations remain determined for their captains to be wearing the armband, even if it risks potential fines.
The armbands will be used to promote diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination in Qatar, where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalised, and they can be punished with the death penalty under Sharia law.
Surprisely, the "gay icon" David Beckham signed a deal worth £150 million to become the “face of Qatar” ahead of next year’s World Cup. This decision contrasts with the announcement made by Tom Daley, who decided to try and ensure that countries which criminalise homosexuality and the LGBT community can’t compete in and host big sporting events in the future.