LIVE – World Cup: seven European selections officially refuse LGBT+ armbands

The French, who were good spectators for Qatar-Ecuador, did not boycott the opening match

Although some have announced a boycott of the French public for the World Cup in Qatar, the first audience figures show otherwise. Sunday afternoon’s opening match between the host nation and Ecuador (0-2) drew 5.13 million viewers on TF1, co-broadcasting the match with beIN Sports (viewers not reported). This is one million more than the opening match of the 2018 World Cup (3.9 million for Russia-Saudi Arabia). The market share of channel 1 is 31.3%.

Seven European selections opted out of the “One Love” inclusive armband

According to a press release, seven European qualifiers who wanted to wear “One Love” armbands in support of the LGBT+ community refused to do so. FIFA banned this armband and threatened the wearer with a sanction (yellow card?). England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland therefore refuse this sign of support.

“FIFA has made it very clear that if our captains wear armbands on the field, they will impose sporting sanctions. As national federations, we cannot ask our players to risk sporting sanctions, including a yellow card,” these seven federations wrote. France, which was originally a member of the “One Love” initiative, announced that it will no longer wear a bandage on its arm with the voice of its captain Hugo Lloris.

According to the British press, the sanction against the LGBT bandage is well planned

According to the Times, FA boss Mark Bullingham has just confirmed on Radio 5 that FIFA only informed him on Sunday evening that wearing an LGBT headband would lead to on-ground sanctions. That could be the case for Harry Kane against Iran this afternoon.

More information here.

Portugal: Ronaldo shuts down rumors of confusion with Bruno Fernandes

On Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United partner Bruno Fernandes, who appeared cold on selection due to a shock interview with CR7, the latter quelled rumors of a rift at a press conference on Monday morning: “I have a great relationship with him. His plane was delayed and I asked him if he was coming by boat, with him I was joking.” Ronaldo added: “There’s always room for arguments, rumours, I know… But the atmosphere is really great. But don’t talk about me to other players. I have a bulletproof shell, but this is the World Championship. , talk to other World Cup players, not Cristiano Ronaldo, that would be great.”

“We’re all freezing to death,” fans complain about the air conditioning

This may be one of the reasons for the massive attendance at the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. Even though it was only 25 degrees outside, the organizers turned on the air conditioning and brought it down to 20 degrees during the meeting… leaving the roof open. “We all froze to death,” Ecuador supporter Angelica said on RMC’s microphone. We have areas in Ecuador where the weather is cold, but it was worse here than at home or where you are in Europe. his feet froze. We covered our flag. We asked them to turn off the air conditioner.”

The RMC report on air conditioning in stadiums can be found here

Ronaldo insists United clash ‘won’t faze’ Portugal

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo insisted on Monday that the soap opera of his conflict with Manchester United will not “shake up” his selection during the 2022 World Cup, which begins with Ghana (Group H) on Thursday. The 37-year-old Ronaldo told a press conference that he felt his club had “betrayed him” with “this last episode, this interview” on English television, “like other episodes that happen sometimes, it can shake the player” but it won’t shake the team. The forward is playing in his fifth and likely last World Cup.

>> His shock interview, icy meeting with Bruno Fernandes … CR7 updates, read here

The fiasco of the opening match is covered by the international press

The lackluster level of play and, above all, the sleepy atmosphere, with the majority of Qatari fans leaving the stadium early in the second half, made the opening match of the 2022 World Cup a fiasco not missed by the world’s media. “World Flop” (The Gazzetta), “a dream turns into a nightmare”, the BBC claims, the world media has not treated the Qatari organizers and FIFA well.

>> Press review to read here

Kane was finally able to let go of the rainbow arm

England captain Harry Kane may abandon the idea of ​​wearing the rainbow armband in this Monday’s England-Iran match (2pm) amid the threat of a yellow card, The Guardian reports.

>> All information here

Monday program

Three matches will be held on the second day of the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar on November 21. With England-Iran, Senegal-Netherlands and USA-Wales. Before the first match against Australia, not forgetting the French national team.

November 21 program
14:00: England-Iran
17:00: Senegal-Netherlands
8pm: USA v Wales

>> More details here


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