Former England striker John Fashanu has said footballers should not have even threatened to wear the OneLove armband because making a protest at the World Cup is ‘culturally inappropriate’.
The ex-footballer said people should adhere to the rules of host country Qatar even if they are ‘bad’ and said football and politics should be kept separate.
Politics and Football, we try and keep them away from each other because if politics goes into football – which is what is happening – the politics go up and up and up and eventually they will win. So I’m just very disappointed.’
The OneLove band contains the rainbow colours associated with the Pride flag and had been set to be a strong statement in Qatar where homosexuality is illegal, before the symbol was banned.
Asked by presenter Susanna Reid ‘so you don’t think that the FA’s should have even threatened to wear these armbands in the first place?’ Fashanu, whose brother Justin killed himself just eight years after coming out publicly, said: ‘I don’t think they should have even threatened – because I just don’t think it’s got anything to do with football.’
He added: ‘We’ve said it time and time again, if they’re going to award Qatar the opportunity to have this wonderful opportunity for football, you would like to think that everybody would adhere to the rules and regulations of the country, simple.’
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