As reported by the Guardian, the USA men’s national team will use a rainbow version of their logo to show their support for LGBTQ rights when they travel to Qatar for the World Cup, which is due to get underway later this week.
Although the logo will not be worn during games at the tournament, it will appear at the US team’s training facility and is part of the squad’s ‘Be The Change’ initiative which was started in 2020 to help raise awareness of social justice issues.
USA coach Gregg Berhalter told a press conference today that: “When we’re on the world stage, and when we are in a venue like Qatar, it’s important to bring awareness to these issues, that’s what ‘Be the Change’ is about. It’s not just Stateside that we want to bring attention to social issues, it’s also abroad. We recognise that Qatar has made strides and there has been a ton of progress but there’s some work still to do.”
Qatar’s laws discriminate against LGBTQ people and women encouraging various players and coaches to highlight the ongoing issues.