Comedian Jon Richardson blasts England U-turn a with diving point

Comedian Jon Richardson blasts England U-turn a "f****** farce" with diving point

Jon Richardson has slammed England’s decision not to wear the OneLove armband after FIFA confirmed sanctions would be taken against a player wearing it.

The rainbow armband was due to be worn to promote diversity and inclusion in Qatar, where same-sex relationships are outlawed. However, the Three Lions performed a U-Turn and announced just hours before their World Cup opener against Iran that Harry Kane wouldn’t be wearing the LGBTQ+ armband due to the potential risk of getting a yellow card.

Wales, Denmark and Netherlands were amongst the other nations set to wear the OneLove armband, but, like England, confirmed they also wouldn’t be taking that risk. An instant yellow card at the start of each of the first two group games would put the likes of Kane out of the third match – something they couldn’t risk.

But the decision has been criticised by many pundits and supporters, with comedian Richardson becoming the latest to have his say after Alex Scott sent a powerful message live on the BBC. The 40-year-old claimed that a booking stops players from “showing solidarity” to the LGBTQ+ community.

He said on Twitter : “The threat of a yellow card doesn’t stop players diving, fouling or abusing referees but it has stopped them showing solidarity with those who are threatened with death for being in love. What an absolute f****** farce.”

Despite not wearing the armband, the FA did slam FIFA for how they dealt with the situation, while Wales also hit out at the decision after they confirmed they would no longer be wearing the armband. England revealed how “frustrated” they were by the timing and the decision in general.

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