In Qatar, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra showed her support for the rights of LGBT+ people

French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera watches before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between England and France at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on December 10, 2022. (Photo by FRANCE FIFE / AFP)
FRANCE FIFE / AFP French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera watches before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between England and France at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on December 10, 2022. (Photo by FRANCE FIFE / AFP)

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French Sports Minister Amélie Oudea-Castera before the start of the Qatar World Cup quarter-final between England and France at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on December 10, 2022.

WORLD CUP – As the French team qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup by sacking England (2-1) this Saturday, December 10, France’s Sports Minister watched the meeting from the grandstand official.

And Amélie Oudéa-Castéra turned heads when she donned a royal blue polo shirt with rainbow sleeves for the occasion (see the photo at the top of the article), a clear gesture of support for the rights of LGBT+ people.

Homosexuality, like sex outside of marriage, is a criminal offense in Qatar, which has drawn strong criticism from the Qatari authorities and FIFA.

According to a tweet from the minister at the end of the evening, she will still be present in Qatar on Wednesday for the France-Morocco semi-final, just like President Emmanuel Macron.

Several Western, German and Danish officials made similar gestures during the group stage.

According to the minister’s entourage, she wore “the blue of the French team, the colors of the rainbow and a France-Qatar friendship badge”.

The rainbow bracelet controversy ” A love “

Eight Western European federations once considered having their captains wear a rainbow bracelet ” A love “but they eventually gave up, citing threats of sports sanctions from FIFA.

In the official photo for their first game, against Japan on November 23, the German players had their hands over their mouths, in a universal gag gesture to indicate their outrage at what they perceived as an attack on their freedom of expression .

An attitude that is strongly criticized in Qatar and in non-Western countries, under the accusation of mixing sports and politics.

The president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, had spoken out against the bracelet ” A love “.

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