The England National Team He had warned that in his World Cup debut in Qatar he was going to protest and he complied prior to the opening whistle of the game against Iran. The players of the British team knelt before starting the match as they had done in previous matches to demonstrate against racism and inequality.
The English team’s strategist, Gareth Southgate, had advanced this statement at a press conference prior to the game. “It is what we do as a team and we have done it for a long time and it will be the strongest message that will go around the world especially for young people”he mentioned.
The England Protest
For the World Cup in Qatar, it has become customary to perform a countdown before kickoff. It happened in the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador and was repeated in the duel between England and Iran and it was precisely during this countdown when England’s starting players took a knee, such that this gesture lasted less than 10 seconds.
This situation occurs just hours after several European teams announced that they would renounce the OneLove bracelet due to threats of sports sanctions from FIFA, which, based on its regulations, would admonish the captains before starting the matches. Among those captains was England captain Harry Kane.
The England National Team, as well as others in Europe, have made these demonstrations since Euro 2021, when the OneLove bracelet began to be used.
Although the protests are against racism, it is said and reported that it also has a message against inequalities in Qatar.
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