C.Ronaldo refuses to ‘demonstrate’ at the World Cup for the LGBTQ+ community.
Portuguese soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo announced at a recent World Cup press conference that he will not be wearing the “OneLove” captain’s armband to represent members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+ ) to be used at the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Prior to the decision not to wear the “OneLove” ribbon, FIFA had threatened to book captains if they flout regulations and make their own statements on social issues, rather than following the guidelines of the game’s governing body.
OneLove, which “promotes inclusion and takes a stand against discrimination of any kind,” has gained prominence ahead of the tournament in Qatar, a country where homosexuality is illegal.
Discussing his decision not to show support for members of the LGBTQ+ community like captains of other European national teams, Ronaldo had this to say:
“If I had to perform at 37 years and 8 months… I would be worried. After what I’ve already done and won, it would come as a surprise to me. Of course I have to show what I am year after year.”
He continued: “Will the World Cup be the most important competition? Yes one of the most, it’s a dream to win but if they stopped winning trophies I would be proud. ”
“I am not here in Qatar to talk about Manchester united or Messi.. Not even about LGBT… I don’t have a Club.. My country is where I play my football… In terms of LGBT and Rainbow armband I have many kids so if I didn’t have one you would start asking me about LGBT because you would be suspicious, even my armbands are always clean no different colors , but you asked a wrong man who has kids so we all know how kids are made aren’t we? With all due respect to LGBT community though. And you ask me about Leo.. This one I will answer.. He is the best Player in the world cup with me.. If we were 20 years old we would be on Hattricks not on penalty goals. But here we are over aged still doing things we know and expectations are still high . I have no doubt he will be in the knocked out stage of this tournament.. He is a guy who doesn’t enjoy my failures, so why would I enjoy his? Maybe his fans are and mine are. But at a personal professional level we love each other. Otherwise I am here to be asked about Portugal and the World cup trophy, that is what I am here for, nothing else. ”