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Hugo Lloris confirms he won’t wear rainbow armband in Qatar

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The captain of the French football team Hugo Lloris confirmed this Tuesday, July 15 to AFP that he would not wear a special armband in favor of inclusion during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after having maintained the vagueness on this initiative, which still remains unanswered by Fifa. Relaunched on the subject on the sidelines of an interview with AFP, at the Clairefontaine training center, the goalkeeper of the reigning world champions did not wish to extend.

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Will he wear this colored band armband alongside other European captains, such as those of Germany and England? ” No no. I replied yesterday. I was clear enough, I don’t need to add more.he explained.

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The day before, at a press conference, he had said he wanted “show respect” in the host country, target of criticism from NGOs on the management of human rights and minorities. But without clearly stating that he would not wear this armband. “When we welcome foreigners to France, we often want them to comply with our rules and respect our culture. I will do the same when I go to Qatar”he said, comments echoing those of the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) Noël Le Graët, who was not very favorable to the initiative.

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Financial support for NGOs

In the absence of Lloris, forfeit, vice-captain Raphaël Varane wore this colorful armband against Denmark in September. “For me, it’s an honor to defend certain values ​​so that won’t be a problem”, said the Manchester United defender. This operation, announced jointly by several European selections, has still not received the green light from Fifa, which is silent on the subject.

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The Blues, on the other hand, announced on Tuesday their intention to financially support human rights NGOs via their Generation 2018 endowment fund. A way of recalling that their “Passion should not be the cause of some people’s unhappiness”according to a collective letter.

For Lloris, it is also about “keep the focus on the game”. “This will make it possible to avoid responding to requests before this competition and during this competition because, at some point, we have to keep the focus on the game and avoid wasting energy with these elements, which are unfortunately not our spring »he explained to AFP, without wanting to “go into details” on the amount of these allocations or their marking.

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