Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Amnesty International condemned, on Monday, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) for preventing the captains of European teams participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from wearing the “One Love” armbands.
“Last-minute threats to punish players for wearing messages in support of human rights and equality are the latest example of FIFA’s failure to fully live up to its values and responsibilities,” Steve Cockburn, Head of Economic and Social Justice at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
“Sport does not happen in a vacuum, and it is these issues that FIFA should have led, rather than suppressed,” Cockburn said.
In his statement, he said: “We commend the courage of the teams and players who have spoken out on human rights and hope they will continue to do so… FIFA needs to heed these calls quickly, and FIFA must not only encourage messages of equality, but must take proactive action to ensure the protection of human rights.” LGBT people.”
“Let’s not forget the migrant workers who made the tournament possible, they must be fully compensated for the unspeakable abuses they suffered,” the human rights official concluded.
In a related context, Qatar rejected the controversy over the “One Love” badge as a matter between FIFA and international teams, stressing that “everyone is welcome” regardless of “orientation”.
“Everything that happens in the stadium is a matter for Fifa,” Fatima Al-Naimi, a spokesperson for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for the World Cup, told CNN’s Becky Anderson in Doha.
Since its inception in 2011, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has overseen infrastructure projects and planning for the World Cup.
Earlier, on Monday, 7 European teams participating in the 2022 World Cup decided not to wear a badge with the slogan “One Love”, after FIFA warned that players would receive a yellow card if they wore these badges.