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Pudsey MP to wear One Love armband at tonight’s England v Wales World Cup clash

By Anne Akers

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew, who was appointed Sports Minister in September, will tonight watch the England v Wales match in Qatar wearing a rainbow-coloured One Love armband, showing support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Mr Andrew, who is gay, told the London Evening Standard that he was determined to make this gesture, even though it could upset Fifa, the world cup football governing body. It was due to their ruling that players who wore the armbands would be penalised, that the England and Wales teams didn’t wear them, though they had planned to.

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“I’m not going to shy away from who I am. Our message very much is that no-one should have to hide who they are,” he told the Evening Standard.

Qatar’s World Cup has been at the centre of storm over LGBTQ rights as it forbids same-sex relations.

Denmark’s former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Germany’s interior minister Nancy Faeser wore the armband in the stands during their countries’ opening games last week.

Mr Andrew, who is also an equalities minister, told the Evening Standard that as a gay man he was in a “unique position” to send a message of solidarity to LGBTQ fans who didn’t feel safe or comfortable to travel to Qatar for World Cup.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Is Mr Andrew making a real stand for LGBT+ rights or is this just a token gesture?
    Did Mr Andrew wear a one love arm band at the other home nation matches?
    Did Mr Andrew take his partner with him to Qatar?

    • Gary,
      How sad that you would take to the comments section in an apparently bizarre attempt to smear an openly gay MP.
      As I’m sure you know, Mr Andrew hadn’t attended any of the other home nation games in Qatar.
      Regarding his partner, Mr Andrew was representing the Government as part of his role at DCMS on this trip – if he had taken his partner I’m sure you’d be the first to post on here complaining about a misuse of public funds.
      Perhaps you could take a deep breath, put aside your your own political views and take the time to find out the facts before you post misinformation next time?

  2. Leonard, I’m sorry you feel this way. I am proud to live in country where we have the freedoms live our lives as we wish to. However I do feel that Mr Andrew is just making a tokenistic gesture, following a similar gesture by the German sports minister.

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