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France captain Hugo Lloris will not wear OneLove armband at Qatar World Cup - GETTY IMAGES/Michael Regan
France captain Hugo Lloris will not wear OneLove armband at Qatar World Cup – GETTY IMAGES/Michael Regan

French footballing chiefs have confirmed Hugo Lloris will not wear a rainbow armband because Fifa failed to respond to their permission requests.

The nation’s stance differs with England and Wales, whose captains will wear “OneLove” colours despite the governing body declining to cooperate.

France were among members of the initial European protest alliance, but Lloris warned earlier this week that he might not wear the armband after all.

FFF sources, quoted by L’Equipe, have now confirmed he will not be sporting the rainbow colours for their match against Australia on Tuesday.

The OneLove campaign is one of a host of protest gestures planned by nations and brands to express concern over Qatar’s human rights record.

After England flew in on a rainbow decorated plane, sponsor Lucozade confirmed that their bottles won’t be seen at matches, training or press conferences. Lucozade have been partner of the English national team since 2008, and said in a statement “We continue to support all England teams, who celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. While the England team have access to our drinks for hydration purposes we will not have a brand presence at press conferences, training session or on pitches.”

It is not clear now whether the French will be joining the Football Association in taking on Fifa at a meeting on Saturday to ask why they have not acted to improve the rights of migrant workers in Qatar.

The Uefa working group, of which chief executive Mark Bullingham is an influential figure, is discussing its next course of action ahead of Sunday’s opening fixture. This week England welcomed 19 migrant workers into their training base as part of their commitment to their cause.

The FA is also yet to hear back from Fifa despite writing to them two months ago to inform them Harry Kane will be wearing the “One Love” armband.

According to Fifa rules it has to grant permission for such armbands but, despite requests, the governing body has simply not responded to England or any of the eight other European nations, including Wales, who intend to use them during the competition in a country criticised for its human rights record and its criminalisation of same-sex relationships.

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