Eight European nations to take part in range marketing campaign throughout Qatar World Cup

Each nation besides Sweden and Norway has certified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and every captain of those eight nations will put on a particular OneLove armband — which contains a coronary heart containing colours from all backgrounds — through the event.

The Netherlands FA, which is spearheading the marketing campaign, selected the colours to characterize all heritages, backgrounds, genders and sexual identities; the armband can be worn in Qatar the place same-sex relationships are a felony offense.

Sweden and Norway will take part within the initiative through the upcoming Nations League matches, whereas England will even put on black armbands throughout each its UEFA Nations League matches to mark the dying of Queen Elizabeth II.

“This is an important message which suits the game of football: on the field everybody is equal and this should be the case in every place in society. With the OneLove band we express this message,” mentioned Virgil van Dijk, the Netherlands captain.

“On behalf of the Dutch team I have been wearing this band for quite a while now. It is good to see that other countries are joining this initiative.”

OneLove was based within the Netherlands in 2020 to emphasise that every one soccer followers have at the very least one factor in widespread — their love of soccer — and to talk out in opposition to any type of discrimination.

In addition to specializing in public messaging, the initiative has additionally developed to supply range coaching to grassroots membership.

“Our love of football unites us all. No matter where you come from, what you look like and who you love. Football is there for everyone and our sport must stand up for the people across the world who face discrimination and exclusion,” mentioned Germany captain Manuel Neuer.

“I am proud to be sending out this message with my colleagues from the other national teams. Every single voice counts.”

Harry Kane reveals discussions on taking collective stand on human rights in Qatar

In June, England’s captain Harry Kane revealed that he had mentioned taking a collective stance concerning human rights in Qatar with Denmark’s Christian Eriksen and France captain Hugo Lloris.

“I am honored to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign,” he mentioned on Tuesday.

“As captains we may all be competing against each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination. This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.”

‘We proceed to push for the precept of compensation’

The thought for this particular marketing campaign originated throughout the UEFA Working Group initiative, which was established to answer points surrounding Qatar’s remedy of migrant employees and the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.

Homosexuality is at the moment unlawful in Qatar and punishable by as much as three years in jail, whereas the Guardian reported final 12 months that 6,500 migrant employees had died within the nation within the ten years following Qatar’s profitable bid to host the event in 2010, most of whom have been concerned in low-wage, harmful labor, typically undertaken in excessive warmth.
Qatar World Cup: Harsh spotlight shone on human rights issues as Norwegian FA president gives scathing speech at FIFA Congress

The report — “categorically” denied by event organizer chief govt Nasser Al Khater — didn’t join all 6,500 deaths with World Cup infrastructure initiatives and has not been independently verified by CNN.

In an interview with CNN final 12 months, Al Khater additionally pointed to latest reforms Qatar has made to its labor construction.

“We continue to push for the principle of compensation for the families of migrant workers who have lost their lives or have been injured in construction projects,” the FA chief govt Mark Bullingham mentioned.

“Along with the other members of the UEFA Working Group on Human rights, we’re pushing FIFA for an update on the concept of a Migrant Workers’ Centre in Qatar, to provide advice and help for migrant workers. It’s clear that Qatar has brought in progressive legislation in the last few years to give workers rights, so this concept will help this legislation to take effect.”