France's Lloris suggests he won't be wearing the rainbow armband in Qatar

France’s Lloris suggests he won’t be wearing the rainbow armband in Qatar

France captain Hugo Lloris has indicated he will not wear a rainbow armband during the World Cup in Qatar to campaign against discrimination.

France, the defending World Cup champions, were among eight European soccer teams traveling to Qatar, joining the “OneLove” campaign in September, which launched in the Netherlands.

FIFA rules prohibit teams from bringing their own armband designs to the World Cup and insist that they must use equipment provided by the governing body.

Asked about the initiative during a press conference at the French training ground on Monday, Lloris was skeptical.

“Before we start anything, we need the agreement of FIFA, the agreement of the (French) federation,” Lloris said. “Of course, I have my personal opinion on the matter. And it is very close to the (French Federation) president.

French FA president Noel Le Graet has previously said he would prefer Lloris not to wear it because he does not want to speak to the rest of his country.

Lloris said: “When we are in France, when we welcome foreigners, we often want them to follow our rules, respect our culture, and I will do the same when I go to Qatar. Go, simply.” “I can agree or disagree with their opinions, but I have to respect them.”

The armbands are the latest battleground for players to push political messages linked to the World Cup hosted by Qatar, where homosexual acts are illegal and the treatment of migrant workers building projects for the tournament has been controversial for decades.

However, the Tottenham goalkeeper added that the French players will join forces for collective action to respect human rights in Qatar.

“We cannot be sensitive about these issues. It will be done in a few days or hours, we will see,” Lloris said.

France fly to Qatar on Wednesday before starting the defense of their World Cup title against Australia on November 22. They also face Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.

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