Sport has significant soft power and we shouldn’t have caved in over armbands

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By Lewis Iwu On the eve of the England Men’s World Cup matches, long-suffering fans of the Three Lions are focused on selection dilemmas, pre-tournament drinking scandals or tactical machinations. At this edition of the biggest platform in sport, the focus is on a debate about how England should take a moral stance against homophobia and human rights more broadly. It’s a good sign of the times that we’re even having this conversation. But the last-minute decision not to wear the One Love armband, in support of LGBT people marginalised in Qatar, has caused understandable anger. It is worth sayi…

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