Both the players from England and Wales sat down before their final World Cup group game Tuesday
As a gesture of solidarity, the teams performed the gesture in fight against discrimination.
England and Wales were among seven European nations that had intended to have their captains wear “One Love” armbands in support of inclusivity at the tournament in Qatar. FIFA threatened to impose sporting sanctions on any captain who wore them.
Gareth Southgate, England coach, said that his players would kneel at the beginning of the tournament. At all three Group B matches in Qatar, the team did it. Only Wales did it Tuesday.
“We feel this is the biggest and we think it’s a strong statement that will go around the world for young people, in particular, to see that inclusivity is very important,” Southgate said.
Additionally, the U.K.’s first openly gay sports minister attended the game and wore the armband.
Stuart Andrew claimed that he chose to wear it because he supports inclusivity in sporting events.
“Sport has the power to unite & inspire,” Andrew wrote on Twitter, adding it was “vital” that all sporting events are open and inclusive.
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