Matt Le Tissier calls on England to BOYCOTT the World Cup and ‘rescind their membership’ of FIFA as controversial Sky pundit lays into Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions once again for ‘pure virtue signalling’ over ‘OneLove’ armband fiasco
- Former Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier is urging England to boycott FIFA
- England were planning to wear One Love armbands promoting LGBTQ+ rights
- The nations backed down on making the gesture after pressure from FIFA
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Former Southampton and England midfielder Matt Le Tissier is urging England to boycott the World Cup and rescind their FIFA membership over the ‘OneLove’ armband fiasco.
The Three Lions and six other nations including Wales were planning to wear the One Love armbands promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships.
But all seven countries backed down once FIFA threatened to book players who wore it, with concerns over potential punishments for players.
Matt Le Tissier is urging England to rescind FIFA membership over ‘One Love’ armband fiasco
The Three Lions were planning to wear the One Love captain armbands promoting inclusivity
Controversial Sky Sports pundit Le Tissier has laid into Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions once again.
This time he has insisted that they clearly are not fully behind it, as a real statement would have been to wear the armband and boycott FIFA’s threats when speaking on Dan Wootton Tonight on GB News.
Le Tissier told GB News: ‘It just goes to prove what a lot of people are saying about it. It is pure virtue signalling. They’re not 100% wholeheartedly behind it.
‘If you want to make a real statement then you boycott the World Cup. What would make an even better statement is if they boycotted FIFA and rescinded their membership because that organisation is rotten to the core.’
His comments were in response to Dan Wootton saying: ‘Just imagine – Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, you’re going to be threatened with a yellow card! They do not give a damn.’
England captain Kane instead wore one of FIFA’s own ‘no discrimination’ armbands, rather than the One Love armband when they sealed a 6-2 victory over Iran in their opening match.
England captain Harry Kane instead wore one of FIFA’s own ‘no discrimination’ armbands
FIFA had threatened to book players that wore the ‘One Love’ armbands during the tournament
The midfielder, who made eight caps for England, was not the only one to speak out on the matter as pundits Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand also had their say.
‘It would have made a huge statement, Harry Kane coming out with the armband’, Shearer said.
Ferdinand added: ‘You can’t win. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If you speak out it’s ‘Oh you think you’re a politician now’. Federations have to be stronger and say ‘this is where we stand’.
‘They’ve all folded like a pack of cards after one bump in the road.’
The FA, in a joint statement with other country’s organisations, said: ‘We cannot put our players in a situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.’
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