England fans have praised Alex Scott to the rafters after she wore the now banned ‘One Love’ armband on the BBC’s World Cup coverage.
Three Lions Captain Harry Kane was planning on wearing the armband throughout the tournament in Qatar, as a means of showing solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community. However, the Tottenham Hotspur man will not be wearing the armband after FIFA threatened to punish the 29-year-old by giving him a yellow card in the first minute, if he chose to wear the armband.
The jaw dropping decision from football’s governing body shook the football world to its foundations, leaving Kane, as well as Wales captain Gareth Bale with little choice but to not wear the armband. However, the sight of former Arsenal and England ace Scott wearing the armband has pleased England fans.
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“A Queen,” one admiring fan commented on social media. “Alex is tremendous. Great broadcaster. Doesn’t get enough credit,” another fan posted. “F***ing brilliant,” another fan, rather brusquely said in praise of the former England international.
“Outstanding work by Alex Scott,” another added on social media. “That’s my queen right there,” another fan commented. The FA released a join statement alongside the football associations of Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark confirming, their skippers will not be donning the armband.
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‘FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,’ said the statement on social media. ‘As national federations we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.
‘We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband.
However, we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.
‘We are very frustrated by the FIFA decision which is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our wish to wear the OneLove armbands to actively support inclusion in football, and had no response.
‘Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.’
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