KNVB scraps next OneLove campaign ahead of Qatar World Cup
The Dutch football association has abandoned plans to repeat its OneLove LGBTQ acceptance campaign in the final round of league games ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, broadcaster NOS reported on Friday.
The decision follows the refusal of two Eredivisie captains to wear the special rainbow armband last weekend, to coincide with national coming out day.
Asking captains to wear the OneLove armband just a month after the previous campaign would ‘emphasis other issues’, a spokesman told NOS. ‘That would defeat the object of the exercise. The emphasis would be on who does [wear it] and who doesn’t and that is not the point.’
Feyenoord captain Orkun Kökcü refused to wear the armband, citing religious reasons while Excelsior captain Redouan El Yaakoubi wore an alternative with the word ‘respect’.
The KNVB launched the campaign last year and by last month it had been adopted by 10 other countries.
While the next Dutch show of support will not take place, the campaign will be visible at the World Cup in Qatar. Oranje captain Virgil van Dijk is among those who will wear the rainbow armband if world football body Fifa gives the green light.
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