France’s sports minister urged the national football team on Thursday to make itself heard amid threats of sanctions by FIFA for “OneLove” armbands.
all on wednesday Germany players put his hand over his mouth In front of photographers on the pitch before kickoff, after world soccer body FIFA threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore armbands symbolizing diversity and tolerance.
France The French Football Federation (FFF) is not among the seven teams with president Noel Le Graet saying it would “follow FIFA’s guidelines.”
“I think FIFA’s decision to ban the One Love armband will be talked about for some time. Do I wish there was room for complete freedom? The answer is clearly yes,” Amelie Odia Costera told the public TV channel Public Senate.
“Are there still places of freedom where our French team can continue to express their commitment to human rights? The answer is yes. The Germans are showing it.”
While players and coach Didier Deschamps said they were just following orders, Audia Castra is hopeful that things can change.
“There are still weeks ahead in which they can be free to express themselves, to use these spaces of freedom to carry their messages,” he added.
“They have these values too. They belong to a country that holds these values high and it is important that they represent them.”
“We, the players, are called upon to play football, in order to represent our countries in a sporting context.
“I prefer to stay within my framework, as a player and a competitor, but there are actually many causes that are commendable and that we should support. But at the end of the day, FIFA decides on the organization. “
The OneLove armband, aimed at sending a message of tolerance, connection and opposition to all forms of discrimination, has been in the global spotlight after FIFA threatened several European team captains with yellow cards if they accused them of supporting LGBTQ+ people. Worn for Queuewhere homosexuality is illegal.