Belgian striker Eden Hazard spoke out against the protest gesture of the German players against FIFA for the impossibility of showing their support for the LGTBIQ+ community at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
“We are here to play football and not to send a political message,” the Belgium captain told RMC Sports today.
He added: “I saw Germany’s protest gesture, but then they lost the game. Maybe they shouldn’t have done it and won the game.”
The striker for Real Madrid, from Spain, referred to the controversy raised in Qatar 2022 after FIFA prohibited the 32 participating teams from wearing the rainbow-colored bracelet and the message “One Love” in support of the LGBTQ+ community and in support of inclusion and diversity.
“The players perform better when they only think about football and we want to focus on this. I would not have liked to receive a warning for this,” Hazard clarified when asked if he had used the bracelet prohibited by FIFA.
It should be remembered that the players of the German national team covered their mouths with a hand in protest against the “censorship” of FIFA, which only allows the use of bracelets with the messages “No to Discrimination” and “Protect the Kids”.
The entity chaired by Gianni Infantino had warned about a sports sanction for the captain of each team who wore a ribbon with the colors of the rainbow and the message “One Love” in support of the LGBTQ+ community during Qatar 2022.