Nice’s Hugo Lloris will not wear the rainbow armband during the World Cup in Qatar, he explains why

Relaunched on the subject on the sidelines of an interview with AFP at the Clairefontaine training center, the goalkeeper of the reigning world champions did not wish to expand.

Will he wear this colored band armband alongside other European captains, such as those of Germany and England? “No, no. I answered yesterday (Monday). I was clear enough, I don’t need to add more“, he explained.

The day before at a press conference, he had said he wanted “show respect” in the host country, target of criticism from NGOs on the management of human rights and minorities. But without clearly stating that he would not wear this armband.

“When we welcome foreigners to France, we often want them to comply with our rules and respect our culture. I will do the same when I go to Qatar”he said, remarks echoing those of the president of the Federation Noël Le Graët, who was not very favorable to the initiative.

The Blues will financially support NGOs

In the absence of Lloris, forfeit, vice-captain Raphaël Varane wore this colorful armband in September against Denmark. “For me, it’s an honor to defend certain values ​​so it won’t be a problem”said the Manchester United defender.

This operation announced jointly by several European selections has still not received the green light from Fifa, which is silent on the subject.

The Blues, on the other hand, announced on Tuesday their intention to financially support human rights NGOs via their Generation 2018 endowment fund. A way of recalling that their “passion should not be the cause of unhappiness for some”according to a collective letter.

For Lloris, it is also about “keep the focus on the game”. “This will allow us to avoid responding to requests before this competition and during this competition because, at some point, we have to keep the focus on the game and avoid wasting energy with these elements, which are unfortunately not our spring”he explained to AFP, without wanting to “go into details” on the amount of these allocations or their marking.


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