The notoriously super-woke US women’s national soccer team brazenly wore wristbands to support trans-gender rights for children.
Numerous team members could be seen wearing the white wristbands which said ‘’protect trans kids” during the game between the US and Iceland on Wednesday.
Clearly attempting to make a political statement on the pitch, the team decided to wear the bracelets during the game in Frisco, Texas after the state’s governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services urging them to list using hormone blockers and other transitioning related medical procedures on children as acts of child abuse.
“Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is responsible for protecting children from abuse, I hereby direct your agency to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas,” read the letter.
Abbott also called for medical professionals to report parents who attempt to seek transitioning or sex-change related procedures for their children.
US Midfielder Catrina Macario, who scored 2 of the team’s 5 goals to Iceland’s 0 on Tuesday, said she wanted to raise awareness about trans rights for children:
“With the platform we have, we really wanted to show why this team is different and why we do things that are much bigger than just the game,” she told reporters. “It was just a way to show awareness, especially because we were playing in Texas.”
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After scoring her second goal of the match, Macario raised her fist to the crowd, proudly displaying the wristband: “I wanted to make sure everyone was able to see it, and it wasn’t just another thing getting (swept) under the rug,” she explained.
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) February 24, 2022
Numerous other teammates could also be seen wearing the political statements during the match.
“To deny gender-affirming resources to trans kids and to threaten their parents and guardians with claims of child abuse is MONSTROUS,” Tweeted the team’s captain, Becky Sauerbrunn.
In true Twitter style, comments ranged from hugely supportive to highly critical. One user pointed out that rather than encourage children with dysphoria to have medical procedures, parents should instead assure their children that there is nothing wrong with how they were born: ‘’By encouraging these procedures we are telling them something is wrong with them”, said the user.
“Gender-affirming.” You know what would be the healthiest thing to do for kids with gender dysphoria? Teaching them that nothing is wrong with their bodies. By encouraging these procedures we are telling them something is wrong with them.
— MitMas (@Macbra2) February 24, 2022
While the US national soccer team may support their cause wholeheartedly, as with nearly every other major soccer team in the world, they are governed by FIFA – which has always insisted that no political statement whatsoever must be displayed by any team on the pitch.
Under FIFA’s Laws of the Game:
“The basic compulsory equipment must not have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images… The team of a player whose basic equipment has political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.”
Notoriously strict with their rules in the past, FIFA even infamously fined the English, Welsh and Scottish Football Associations in 2016 for wearing World War Remembrance poppies on their shirts as, according to FIFA, the charity-based appeal is political.
As usual these days, it seems to be one rule for some and another rule for others!