According to Australia star Sam Kerr, the majority of players participating in the Women’s World Cup have a strong desire to wear the prohibited OneLove armband.
Similar to the men’s World Cup in Qatar last year, FIFA has banned the display of the multicoloured armband, which symbolizes solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, and has warned players of receiving yellow cards for wearing it.
Instead, FIFA has approved eight armbands that feature different social messages. However, Kerr has voiced her opposition to the decision regarding the OneLove armband.
“Like most of the teams in the whole world, everyone has voiced that they would love to wear it,” Kerr said.
“You saw with the men’s World Cup, Harry Kane, for example, first game if he had have worn it, he would have received a yellow card; he got a yellow card in the game, so he would have been sent off. It’s not worth the risk; putting the team at risk, putting the tournament at risk, putting everything at risk.
“There will be multiple opportunities where we get to use our voice and there’ll be multiple opportunities where I get to use my voice for things.”
The FIFA-approved armbands will be available for captains to wear depending on the stage of the tournament, with England and Australia among the nations who are expected to don them.