Follow the latest news and analysis from theIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
England made a great start to the 2022 World Cup and Wales earned a valuable point as their campaigns got underway in Qatar. The Three Lions comfortably beat Iran 6-2 to go straight to the top of Group B before Wales faltered after a disappointing first half draw 1-1 with the USA.
- 10 am: Argentina – Saudi Arabia (Sock C)
- 1 pm: Denmark – Tunisia (Group D)
- 4 pm: Mexico – Poland (Group C)
- 7 pm:rance – Australia (Group D)
Follow the latest news in our live blog, including reports from our football correspondent Rahman Osman in Qatar…
Virgil van Dijk has responded to allegations that the Netherlands and other countries have been weak in the anti-discrimination badge controversy. The Netherlands was one of seven European nations, including England and Wales, who planned to have their captains wear the rainbow-colored “OneLove” armband at the World Cup.
The band is part of a year-long campaign that sent a particularly important message in Qatar, a country that criminalizes same-sex relations. but, The Seven nations dropped their plans after tournament organizers threatened them with sporting sanctions including yellow cards to captains if the squads were worn, and instructed teams to wear aIFA-approved “no discrimination” squad instead.
Orange captain Van Dijk told Dutch broadcaster NOS: “I play in a position where a yellow card is not useful. I became a footballer and I want to play this kind of tournament.
“There are people who say we don’t have a backbone, but that’s not the case,” added the Liverpool defender. “We just want to play football. I wish I could play with that squad, but not at the expense of a yellow card.”
A group of LGBTQ+ supporters, the ‘Rainbow Wall’ in Wales, tweeted that female supporters wearing rainbow bucket hats had been confiscated.
In a tweet posted this evening before the USA match, the group said: “Our rainbow bucket hat. We are so proud of them, but the news on the ground tonight is that our Welsh supporters wearing them in #Qatar are making them off, not the men, just the women.”
Former Wales captain Laura McCallister said she was denied entry to the stadium in Qatar because of her rainbow cap.
“Obviously I’m not going to take my hat off,” McAllister said, adding, “There’s not much point in having principles if you’re willing to drop them the moment someone challenges you.”