2022年世界盃:威爾士人對國際足聯 "一愛一 "臂章的立場感到失望和憤怒

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2022年世界盃:威爾士人對國際足聯 "一愛一 "臂章的立場感到失望和憤怒

威爾士的主要足球人士和組織對國際足聯在卡塔爾世界盃上的 "OneLove "臂章立場作出了沮喪、憤怒和失望的反應。

威爾士隊的加雷斯-貝爾是一群歐洲國家隊長中的一員,他們曾計劃佩戴袖標以促進多樣性和包容性。

"我們感到很沮喪。我們很失望,"威爾士足球協會說。

"但我們仍然相信,足球是為所有人服務的,並與威爾士足球大家庭中的LGBTQ+成員站在一起。

"Mae pêl-droed i bawb(足球是為所有人服務的)。"

在威爾士自1958年以來首次出現在全球盛會上的準備工作中,威爾士經理羅伯特-佩奇堅持認為貝爾將在卡塔爾佩戴OneLove臂章。

"這一點至關重要,這是我們想要傳達的信息,這是我們所相信的,這是我們所堅持的,我們不會改變我們的信念,"佩奇當時說。

"不管國際足聯如何,這就是我們的信仰,這就是我們的立場,我們將佩戴這個臂章。"

在被問及貝爾是否會明確戴上袖標時,佩奇回答說。"是的,絕對的。這是我們的立場,來自工作人員,來自協會,我們不會改變我們的信念,所以這是正確的事情......我們在這方面的信念是堅定的。

"無論隊長是誰,都會戴上袖標。"

然而,在國際足聯的威脅下,英格蘭和威爾士將不會佩戴OneLove臂章。

威爾士的創紀錄射手海倫-沃德表示,如果她參與其中,她會 "非常想 "在卡塔爾測試FIFA的決心,因為在卡塔爾,同性戀是一種刑事犯罪。

"我認為我們不應該讓球員因為在那裡參加比賽而感到內疚......是的,會有更多的世界盃,但這並不一定意味着參與的人將有更多的世界盃。

"這可能是一生中只有一次的時刻,這是他們的工作,這是他們一生中所做的事情,以達到這一點。這是許多球員職業生涯的巔峰,是的,他們作為社會上有地位的人確實有責任。

"但是,他們的國家和政府所做的事情也有責任--這不應該由他們來承擔。"

沃德補充說:"我非常想(戴上袖標)。這取決於你是什麼類型的球員,我想。

"作為一個不經常被罰下的人,我可能會冒險讓我的手臂在比賽中不會再被罰下。如果他們真的決定 "你知道嗎,我打算這樣做,並且無論如何都要被罰下",這將是一個巨大的立場。

"但顯然,各國已經達成協議,他們採取的立場不應該影響他們的比賽,我也理解這種立場,因為它干擾了比賽本身。"

前威爾士前鋒伊萬-羅伯茨和內森-布萊克在英格蘭和威爾士開賽當天加入了反對FIFA此舉的大合唱。

"羅伯茨說:"這麼多的言論自由,對於世界的這一部分來說,它不算數。

"在我看來,這對加雷斯(貝爾)來說是一個不可能的情況。如果他這樣做,他就會被詛咒,如果他不這樣做,就會被詛咒。

"你不會希望加雷斯因為戴上袖標而吃到一張黃牌,然後在第二場對伊朗的比賽中吃到一張黃牌,並可能錯過英格蘭的比賽。

"我認為FIFA的做法太差了。他們正在努力避免與東道國發生衝突。

"如果所有國家的大多數隊長都決定戴上袖標並接受任何懲罰,那麼這可能是一個解決方案,也是傳達信息的一種方式。

"但令人遺憾的是,它不是。"

布萊克說。"我認為他們應該戴上它,如果不戴的話,還有其他人可以戴上它,主教練可以戴上它,替補球員可以戴上它,如果他們必須在上場前摘下它,不管怎樣,這裡有兩個國家的領導人,他們可以戴上它以示團結。

"我不喜歡這種簡單地對球員說的方式,要麼我們都在這,要麼我們不在這。一旦你開始分人,那些試圖阻止你穿上它的人就會自動獲勝。

"這種情況不應該只由球員來決定,他們必須展示我們認為正確的東西。如果別人不這樣做,而且你在另一個人的國家,我可以理解,但我們是在一個足球比賽中,我應該在我的權利範圍內,能夠在不傷害任何人的情況下佩戴它。"

布萊克補充說,他認為不應該對佩戴臂章的人採取紀律處分。

"他補充說:"唯一的紀律處分可以來自國際足聯,國際足聯應該足夠強大。

"如果你想把它變成政治性的,可以,但就像我之前說的,政治是日常生活的一部分。

"我只是很失望,這是我唯一能說的,失望的是人們不夠強大,不能說這是我的信仰,這是我的方式,這是我,我沒有傷害任何人,這是我對這種情況的看法。

"無論你是否在其他人的國家,你都要尊重他們的法律,尊重他們的意願,但同時,改變需要勇敢地站出來,並被算計。

"有些人說得天花亂墜,但並不總是言行一致,就是這麼簡單。"

在社交媒體上,威爾士足球內部也有反應。


Leading Welsh football figures and organisations have reacted with dismay, anger and disappointment over Fifa's OneLove armband stance at the World Cup in Qatar.

Wales' Gareth Bale was among a group of European national captains who had planned to wear the armband to promote diversity and inclusion.

"We're frustrated. We're disappointed," said the Football Association of Wales.

"But we remain with the belief that football is for everyone and stand with our LGBTQ+ members of the Welsh football family.

"Mae pêl-droed i bawb (football is for everyone)."

In the build up to Wales' first appearance at the global showpiece since 1958, Wales manager Robert Page had insisted Bale would wear a OneLove armband in Qatar.

"It's vital that's the message we want to portray, that's what we believe in, that's what we stand up for we won't change our beliefs," said Page at the time.

"Irrespective of Fifa, it's what we believe in, it's what we stand for and we will be wearing that armband."

Pressed on if Bale would categorically don the armband, Page replied: "Yes, absolutely. That's the stance we make, it's from the staff, it's from the Association, we are not going to change our beliefs so that's the right thing to do... we are strong in our beliefs in that.

"Whoever the captain is will be wearing the armband."

However, in the wake of Fifa's threat of bookings, England and Wales will not wear OneLove armbands.

Wales' record goalscorer Helen Ward suggested, if she was involved, she would be "very tempted" to test Fifa's resolve in Qatar, where homosexuality is a criminal offence.

"I don't think we should be making the players feel guilty for being there and taking part... yes there will be more World Cups, but it doesn't necessarily mean there will be more World Cups for those involved.

"It could be a once in a lifetime moment, it's their job, it's what they've done all their lives to get to this point. It's the pinnacle of so many players careers and yes they do have a responsibility as people of high standing in society.

"But also the responsibility of their countries and what their government's do - that shouldn't rest in their shoulders."

Ward added: "I'd be very tempted (to wear the armband). It depends on the type of player you are I suppose.

"As someone who doesn't tend to get booked very often I'd probably chance my arm that I wouldn't get another booking in the game. It would make a huge stand if they did decide 'you know what I'm going to do it and take a booking anyway'.

"But obviously the nations have come to an agreement that the stance they are taking shouldn't effect their play and I do understand that stance as well because it is interfering with the game itself."

Former Wales strikers Iwan Roberts and Nathan Blake joined the chorus of disapproval of Fifa's move on the day England and Wales kicked off their campaigns.

"So much for freedom of speech, it doesn't count for this part of the world," said Roberts.

"It's an impossible situation for Gareth (Bale) in my opinion. He'd damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

"You wouldn't want Gareth to pick up a yellow card for wearing the armband and then picking one up in the second game against Iran and possibly missing the England game.

"I think it's just poor from Fifa. They're trying everything not to fall out with the host country.

"Had the majority of captains from all the countries decided to wear the armband and go with whatever punishment then possibly that would have been a solution and a way of getting the message across.

"But it's not to be sadly."

Blake said: "I think they should wear it and if not then there are others who could wear it, managers could wear it, substitutes could wear it and if they have to take it off before going on to the pitch whatever, there are leaders from both countries here they could wear it as a show of solidarity.

"I don't like the way it has been put simply to the players, it's either we are all in this or we are not. Once you start to fraction people, those who are trying to stop you wearing it they win automatically.

"It's a situation that shouldn't just be down to the players again to have to show what we believe is right. If someone else doesn't and you're in another person's country I understand that, but we are at a football tournament and I should be within my right to be able to wear it without hurting anybody."

Blake added he does not think there should be disciplinary action for those wearing the armband.

"The only disciplinary action can come from Fifa and Fifa should be strong enough," he added.

"If you want to make it political fine, but like I said before, politics is part of everyday life.

"I'm just disappointed that's all I can say, disappointed that people aren't strong enough to be able to say this is my belief, this is the way I am, this is me, I'm not hurting anybody and this is what I think of the situation.

"Regardless of if you're in anyone else's country you respect their laws, you respect their wishes, but at the same time change takes bravery to stand up and be counted.

"Some people talk the talk but don't always walk the walk, it's as simple as that."

There was also reaction on social media from within Welsh football:

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