Rio Ferdinand slams FA for ‘folding like a pack of cards’ over OneLove armband plans
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 21
Caption: Rio Ferdinand slamming FA over OneLove u-turn Provider: BBC

Former England captain has slammed the Association for ‘folding like a pack of cards’ over their plans for to wear a OneLove armband at the .

England were one of seven nations that committed to wearing the armbands, which stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community – who face persecution in Qatar for their sexuality.

As recently as last night Kane was insistent on wearing the armband, but the FA released a statement this morning to confirm he will no longer wear it.

FIFA vowed to give a yellow card to any player that wears the armband as the message is deemed ‘political’.

Many believe Kane and others should have stayed committed to their plan as it would have been even more powerful to do so in the face of sanctions from FIFA.

But Ferdinand says the FA have ‘folded’ at the first sign of danger.

Kane had been due to wear the armband (Credits: PA)

‘They’ve had one bump in the road and they’ve all folded like a pack of cards,’ Ferdinand said on the BBC.

There is much pressure on the players to make a political stand at the tournament given Qatar’s record on human rights.

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But Ferdinand says the pressure should be on federations, not players, to do more.

‘They can’t win as a footballer, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,’ said Ferdinand.

‘If you speak out people say, “You’re not a politician, be quiet, get back in your box”. It’s very difficult now.

‘That’s why I think the federations have to be stronger. The organisations have to come at this together as a unified approach and say, “This is where we stand and this is where we go now”

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