FIFA’s suppression of rainbow bracelets violates its own human rights guidelines

Qatar, the host country of the 2022 Men’s World Cup, is known for its human rights violations against women, migrant workers and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar and carry a prison sentence of up to seven years. As Qatar hosts one of the most popular global sporting events, these human rights violations are now being scrutinized on the global stage.

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The latest problem arose when the England and Wales captains allegedly defied Fifa by wearing “OneLove” armbands throughout the tournament. The rainbow bracelets are a gesture against discrimination and in support of LGBTQ+ rights. However, on the eve of the tournament, FIFA announced its own social campaign bracelets and its president, Gianni Infantino, stated: “We have clear rules for bracelets.”

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