Alex Scott wears ‘OneLove’ LGBT armband during BBC’s coverage of Iran game amid ‘virtue signalling’ row after Harry Kane was told not to put one on by the FA in case he is BOOKED
BBC pundit Alex Scott has worn a ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband during the broadcaster’s pre-match coverage of England’s game against Iran.
It comes after the FA asked Harry Kane not to wear the rainbow armband in a show of solidarity fore the LGBT+ community during England’s World Cup opener.
Many football fans took to social media to praise ‘absolute legend’ Scott for ‘making a bold statement’.
One person said: ‘Well done to @AlexScott and @BBCSport in standing up for what they believe in and sticking two fingers up to rules in wearing the One Love Armbands’.
Another said: ‘If @Alex Scott can wear a One Love bands around her arm whilst covering the game, the players can too. Go on girl show them how it’s done’.
Many football fans took to social media to praise ‘absolute legend’ Scott for ‘making a bold statement’ by wearing the rainbow armband in support of the LGBT+ community
It comes after the BBC pundits were embroiled in a ‘virtue signalling’ row as viewers blasted their ‘absurd hypocrisy’ after they launched into long tirades about controversies and human rights issue in Qatar, while broadcasting live from a stadium in Doha on Sunday.
This morning, viewers slammed their ‘holier than thou’ punditry which saw an opening monologue for the BBC’s introduction to the World Cup address the human rights record in Qatar.
Others said they had ‘taken the money ahead of their morals’ and that if they were so outraged then they could have refused to go.
Meanwhile, some hit out at the BBC for being ‘outrageously disrespectful to Qatar’ over its controversial decision not to broadcast the World Cup opening ceremony on TV, and said: ‘If they’re that appalled, they should bring home their vast army of employees & spare us this absurd hypocrisy [sic].’
Another said that while they understood it was not their decision not to air the opening ceremony, they had ‘lost all respect’ for the presenters after deciding to ‘start your programme as if it was some funeral’.
The controversial competition kicked off yesterday with the host nation facing Ecuador in Group A, with the game live on the BBC.
Mr Lineker had previously been criticised, along with other football commentators and journalists, for agreeing to attend and be paid for the tournament in Qatar given its deeply conservative stance on issues such as gay rights.
Alan Shearer, Alex Scott and Ashley Williams were working as pundits and also addressed Qatar’s behaviour since being handed the tournament.
The BBC showed the first live game, but opted only to show the opening ceremony, which featured disgraced actor Morgan Freeman, online.
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