Qatar crackdown on rainbow armbands, gay rights and discrimination a lesson in hypocrisy


For one must compare the fiasco of FIFA’s own making; threatening to award yellow cards should the captains of England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and/or Wales dare wear a rainbow-emblazoned armband.

Any analysis must start with FIFA’s own statutes which proclaim that FIFA is committed to respecting all internationally recognised human rights, and that on that basis FIFA shall strive to promote the protection of those rights.

Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wears a “One Love” armband while talking to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wears a “One Love” armband while talking to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.Credit:AP

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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