Laurence Fox, the leader of the Reclaim Party and former London mayor candidate, has attempted to criticise the England football captain Harry Kane for planning to wear a rainbow armband for the Euro 2020 clash with Germany.
The Three Lions skipper will wear the armband along with German captain Manuel Neuer for the game at Wembley in honour of Pride Month. Germany’s goalkeeper has worn the armband during all of his side’s three group stage games.
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Always one to take exception to even the most unoffensive of gestures, Fox thought he would criticise the move from the England team by writing on Twitter: “Not sure we would be seeing them doing this if the Qatar World Cup had gone ahead.
Disappointingly, the Pride flag has been a source of controversy during the Euros. Officials in Munich had asked for the Allianz Arena to display the rainbow colours for Germany’s group game with Hungary in opposition to oppressive homophobic laws imposed by the Hungarian government. Uefa blocked this request on political grounds. Neuer’s was almost investigated by Uefa for wearing the rainbow armbands but the investigation was eventually dropped.
This is hardly the first time that Fox has criticised the England team. Earlier this month he boasted that he wanted the team to lose over his disagreement with the players taking the knee before kick-off to show support for those facing racial injustice around the world.