World Cup 2022: France captain Hugo Lloris hints he won’t wear rainbow armband in Qatar

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hints he won’t wear a rainbow armband with a rainbow heart as team captain at the World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off next week .

FIFA rules do not allow teams to have separate designs for their armbands, insisting that they use the equipment provided to them, especially during the World Cup.

While other team captains have backed the Rainbow Armband, which supports the LGBTQ+ community due to Qatar’s policy on same-sex unions, Lloris rang the fence Monday at a conference of hurry.

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Hugo Lloris of the France team responds to journalists during a press conference at the Center National Du Football on November 14, 2022 in Clairefontaine, France.

Hugo Lloris of the France team responds to journalists during a press conference at the Center National Du Football on November 14, 2022 in Clairefontaine, France.
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“Before we start anything, we need the agreement of FIFA, the agreement of the (French) federation,” Lloris told The Associated Press. “Of course, I have my personal opinion on the subject. And it’s quite close to that of the president (of the French federation).”

French Federation president Noel Le Graet has said he would prefer Lloris not to wear the rainbow armband as he sees him as France giving lessons to other countries on how to operate .

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

Same-sex unions aren’t the only issues surrounding this World Cup in Qatar. The small country has strict alcohol laws, although World Cup CEO Nasser Al Khater has said it will be allowed in designated areas. Qatar also restricts women’s rights and the treatment of migrant workers who build the stadiums for the tournament has been well documented in a decade-long controversy.

Hugo Lloris attends a French team training session at the Center National du Football on November 15, 2022 in Etival-Clairefontaine, France.

Hugo Lloris attends a French team training session at the Center National du Football on November 15, 2022 in Etival-Clairefontaine, France.
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Lloris said French players will likely soon share a collective message regarding respect for human rights in Qatar.

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“We cannot remain insensitive to these questions. It will be done in a few days, or a few hours, we will see,” said Lloris.

France are one of the favorites to win the tournament, as they did four years ago in Russia in 2018. They beat Croatia, 4-2, with stars Paul Pogba – who will not be available because he suffers from a knee injury – and Kylian MbappĂ© each scores a goal. Antoine Griezmann also netted a penalty for the team’s second goal.

Hugo Lloris of the France team responds to journalists during a press conference at the Center National Du Football on November 14, 2022 in Clairefontaine, France.

Hugo Lloris of the France team responds to journalists during a press conference at the Center National Du Football on November 14, 2022 in Clairefontaine, France.
(Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

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France will arrive in Qatar on Wednesday and prepare for their first game against Australia on November 22. It is part of group D with Denmark and Tunisia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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