ALW captains unite to wear pride armband

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Each Women’s A-League captain will wear a special pride armband to show solidarity with the LGBTQI community as part of FIFA’s crackdown on the gesture at the Men’s World Cup.

Seven captains of European nations had planned to wear OneLove armbands in Qatar, a country where same-sex relations are illegal, to promote inclusion and diversity in football and society.

The OneLove armband features a heart-shaped logo in the colors of the rainbow flag.

But under a FIFA decree issued on Monday, captains would have received yellow cards if they wore the armbands during matches.

Adelaide United had ordered special ‘progress of pride’ armbands for their A-League Men/Women Pride Cup double header against Melbourne Victory in February.

But the Reds and skipper Isabel Hodgson, who is gay, opted to bring the move forward to this weekend, given the situation at the World Cup, with the other 10 club captains planning to wear the armband as well.

Hodgson will wear the armband for the remainder of the ALW season.

“In a world that feels severely divided, being part of a club, this incredible community, which values ​​inclusivity and visibility for marginalized people, means the world to me,” Hodgson said in a statement.

“I will wear this armband with immense pride, and I’m sure Craig (Goodwin) will do the same for our men’s team, as will any other club captain we have in the future.

“We are only at the beginning of our journey in this space and I look forward to playing my part in shining a light on these valuable causes.”

The ALW has long been a safe space for the LGBTQI community, while gay footballer Josh Cavallo plays for the Adelaide men’s team.

The armband was designed by two queer artists from Adelaide, Troy-Anthony Baylis and Dylan Pimm.

The design takes the hexagonal shapes of a traditional soccer ball and features elements of the Transgender Pride Flag, Progress Pride Flag and Rainbow Flag.

Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA), which worked with 16 Socceroos players on a pre-World Cup video message calling on Qatar to decriminalize same-sex relationships, welcomed the move.

“The players want to send a clear message that football is for everyone,” PFA co-chief executive Kate Gill said in a statement.

“We are very proud of the players who show solidarity and alliance with the LGBTI+ community and their continued leadership on human rights.

“Their courage to use their platform to speak out publicly on issues that affect not only them, but those in our wider community, speaks to what they value and who they are as a whole. than people.”

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