The French Minister of Sport, Amélie Oudéa-Castera, considers that the French soccer team can still «use its spaces of freedom» to express its commitment in favor of human rights during the Qatar World Cup.
«I think the decision taken by FIFA to ban the ‘One Love’ bracelet continues to create controversy,» the minister said on the French Senate television channel.
Oudéa-Castera applauded the gesture of the German players covering their mouths in protest against FIFA censorship, just before their debut in the competition.
«Would I like to see a space of full freedom? The answer is clearly yes. Are there still spaces of freedom in which France can continue to express its commitment to human rights? The answer is yes. The Germans show it» he added.
Oudéa-Castéra recalled that the French team had already shown «its commitment to human rights and ecological transition through the letter» published on November 15, in which they announced that they would make a donation to an NGO dedicated to protection of human rights.
«Now there are weeks ahead of us in which (French players) could freely express themselves, use their spaces of freedom to carry their message. They belong to a country that appreciates them very much and it is important that they represent it,» he said.
Oudéa-Castéra also congratulated the French team for their «great victory» last Tuesday against Australia (4-1), which he described as one of the «moments of joy» that this sport generates.