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DAN WOOTTON: England should now stop taking the knee and focus on the football

FIFA is a morally corrupt organization devoid of any clue as to what is right or wrong.  Yet today he so easily burst the bubble of the carefully curated image of the England team led by Harry Kane (pictured today) and Gareth Southgate of being woke warriors as nothing more than 'a virtue signaling a mirage

FIFA is a morally corrupt organization devoid of any clue as to what is right or wrong.

Yet today it so easily burst the bubble of the Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate-led England team’s carefully curated image of being awakened warriors as nothing more than a virtue signaling a mirage .

The international football body’s decision to threaten captain Kane with a yellow card, as well as meaningless financial penalties, if he wore a rainbow armband in our opener of the much-maligned FIFA Cup. Qatar 2022 World Cup against Iran was a cruel stroke of genius.

It forced the FA to decide immediately that England’s seemingly highly prized values ​​of social justice would be thrown out the window as soon as there was the mere suggestion of sporting consequences.

In a no-nonsense statement, the FA said: “We have asked captains not to attempt to wear the armband during FIFA World Cup matches.” We cannot put our players in a situation where they could be warned or even forced off the field of play.’

It was so important to Kane and the players that they just couldn’t stop talking about the terrible-named OneLove armband…until he was shown a yellow card. Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela, this is not the case.

So despite the blistering 6-2 performance this afternoon, I’m embarrassed for all of them, which is not how a fan should feel after such a brilliant opener.

FIFA is a morally corrupt organization devoid of any clue as to what is right or wrong.  Yet today he so easily burst the bubble of the carefully curated image of the England team led by Harry Kane (pictured today) and Gareth Southgate of being woke warriors as nothing more than 'a virtue signaling a mirage

FIFA is a morally corrupt organization devoid of any clue as to what is right or wrong. Yet today he so easily burst the bubble of the carefully curated image of the England team led by Harry Kane (pictured today) and Gareth Southgate of being woke warriors as nothing more than ‘a virtue signaling a mirage

The international football body's decision to threaten captain Kane (pictured) with a yellow card, as well as meaningless financial penalties, if he wore a rainbow armband in our first game of the very maligned Qatar 2022 World Cup against Iran was a cruel stroke of genius

The international football body’s decision to threaten captain Kane (pictured) with a yellow card, as well as meaningless financial penalties, if he wore a rainbow armband in our first game of the very maligned Qatar 2022 World Cup against Iran was a cruel stroke of genius

Of course, the little rainbow flag was nothing more than a pathetic trick to assuage the guilt of right-wing players for agreeing to be part of a tournament in Qatar where being gay is punishable seven years in prison (or worse) and women are still treated legally and practically as second-class citizens.

It’s exactly the same reason the England squad decided to go ahead with the now wacky BLM-inspired gesture of taking the knee before kick-off at a stadium that literally saw poor migrant workers die during its building into a human rights atrocity that cannot be solved by the politics of gesture.

Predictably, the BBC loved it, with commentator Guy Mowbray gushing that the kneeling ‘sent a strong statement to go around the world, to young people in particular, to see that inclusivity is very important’ .

It is nothing more than propaganda.

If inclusivity really mattered to Southgate, Kane, the FA or the BBC, they would have simply refused to travel to play or broadcast from Qatar.

But I am realistic and understand that money trumps morality in international sport.

What I can’t stand is all these celebrities and organizations holier than you preaching to us while making millions from the nasty Qatari tournament.

As a gay man, I refuse to play the identity politics games of the left, so while I believe the decision to award the tournament to Qatar was wrong in the first place, I am not judging any football fan, player or media commentator who made the decision to come to work.

It forced the FA to decide immediately that England's seemingly highly prized values ​​of social justice would be thrown out the window as soon as there was the mere suggestion of sporting consequences.  Pictured: England's Harry Kane takes a knee before today's FIFA World Cup game

It forced the FA to decide immediately that England’s seemingly highly prized values ​​of social justice would be thrown out the window as soon as there was the mere suggestion of sporting consequences. Pictured: England’s Harry Kane takes a knee before today’s FIFA World Cup game

David Beckham (pictured today) loved posing on the covers of gay magazines and claiming he was a feminist while becoming the official face of Qatar to promote tourism for £10million

David Beckham (pictured today) loved posing on the covers of gay magazines and claiming he was a feminist while becoming the official face of Qatar to promote tourism for £10million

However, I will not let the hypocrites who are ready to take Qatari millions while pretending to be morally superior think that they can continue to preach to us about school dinners, homophobia or girl power.

Their platform to lecture and berate the way we live our lives should now be removed forever.

Worst offenders include official airline Virgin Atlantic which trumpeted its socially liberal approach in taking England to the tournament before admitting its non-binary uniform policy didn’t actually apply on a trip to Qatar.

Then there’s Labour’s new left-wing pin-up Gary Neville, who spends all day on Twitter explaining why Tory voters are morally bankrupt while accepting a multi-million pound deal to take power. money from the Qatari regime in order to comment for its official broadcaster.

And David Beckham who liked to pose on the covers of gay magazines and pretend he was a feminist while becoming the official face of Qatar to promote tourism for the modest sum of £10million.

Not to mention the BBC thinking it’s somehow brave in refusing to show the tournament’s opening ceremony on TV, but allowing Gary Lineker to make highly politicized comments instead, despite years at insist that he is not a news and current affairs presenter to allow him to talk left-handed. points on Twitter.

The Qatar World Cup is the ultimate lesson in the danger of footballers and sports-related celebrities trying to become moral arbiters, writes Dan Wootton (pictured)

The Qatar World Cup is the ultimate lesson in the danger of footballers and sports-related celebrities trying to become moral arbiters, writes Dan Wootton (pictured)

These pranksters can try to cheat all they want, but none of their moral arithmetic adds up.

Their virtue signaling should be meaningless from this point on because, as far as their own portfolios or careers are concerned, they will not practice what they preach.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, who had had the balls to travel to Qatar and protest at great risk to his safety before the tournament, now had a practical solution as an alternative to meaningless stunts.

He offered: “I urge team captains in their post-match press conferences to dedicate just 30 seconds to defending the rights of women, LGBT and migrant workers. It would have a huge impact, reaching a global audience of hundreds of millions.

But I would rather see the England team shut up and play.

The Qatar World Cup is the ultimate lesson in the danger posed by footballers and sports-related celebrities trying to become moral arbiters.

The failure to signal the virtue of the rainbow flag and the insistence on continuing to kneel when the rest of the world has long realized that BLM is not a trust-inspiring organization in what whatever is testing my patience.

You proved today that you are very good for the goals but not very good for the civil rights campaign.

As always, I want the Three Lions, against all odds.

So just play the bloody game – entertain us, captivate us, and leave the two-bit student politics at the door.

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