BBC broadcaster Alex Scott continued the gay rights protest players had to drop out of the World Cup in Qatar on Monday. (Watch the video below.)
Scott, a former England women’s national team star, wore a ‘One Love’ rainbow armband to protest the host country’s criminalization of same-sex relationships.
The gesture on the live TV build-up to England’s easy win over Iran put an exclamation mark on FIFA announcing hours earlier that players would receive yellow cards for wearing them.
Captains from England, Wales, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands had planned to wear the group, which promotes diversity and inclusion. But the punishment was too severe.
Scott’s colleague Kelly Somers proudly called attention to Scott’s gesture – just like her employer on twitter.
“As you can see, Alex Scott wears the One Love armband. As [England manager] Gareth Southgate has confirmed to me that English players will not wear this,” Somers said. “Instead they will wear the FIFA armband.”