Watch: Scotland's First Openly Gay Footballer Slams FIFA's Crackdown on OneLove Armbands

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday November 22, 2022

Footballer Zander Murray
Footballer Zander Murray   (Source:Good Morning Britain)

Footballer Zander Murray is calling out FIFA's crackdown on fans and players sporting the OneLove armbands as a show of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

As reported by Daily Mail, Murray, Scotland's first openly gay footballer, called the perceived ban a "direct attack on the LGBTQ community. And he also expressed disappointment over the organizations sanctions against players.

"If you get a yellow card, a couple of games and that's you banned," Murray explained in an interview with Good Morning Britain.

He said, "There will be gay players in the World Cup...in fact, I know for a fact there is. Them having to hide their identity, hide who they truly are...hurts me to the core."

Murray also took a moment to condemn comments from a Qatar World Cup ambassador, who told a German television broadcaster ZDF that homosexuality is "damage in the mind" and "disgraceful."

"I couldn't believe it when I first heard it," Murray admitted. "I just automatically thought of...imagine being an LGBTQ+ Qatari, being in Qatar, hearing that message. Being a young footballer hearing that message. I mean, it would break your heart."

Murray also shared a little more about his coming out journey. Watch Murray's thoughts on the whole ordeal below.