World Cup OneLove armband ban hurt FIFA’s reputation
A survey has concluded that FIFA’s reputation took a hit amid the recent OneLove armband controversy.
The study, conducted by YouGov, recently asked over 1600 Brits what they thought of World Cup’s organizer, FIFA, and found some interesting, yet completely unsurprising results.
Out of the sample size over 63 percent were not interested in the sport or the championship, while the rest were, at least somewhat.
When asked about their view of FIFA in October, over 54% of people had an unfavorable opinion of the organization, however, that number would get a significant boost when the same question was asked after FIFA blocked teams from wearing the rainbow-colored OneLove armbands, which were meant to promote diversity and inclusion for the LGBT community.
On the 21st and 22nd of November YouGov asked the same participants the same question, and this time nearly 70% of them had an unfavorable opinion of the organization. Nearly 80% of football fans shared the opinion, with only 13% having a favorable one.
Furthermore, a portion of people also reported lessened plans of watching the event after the controversy, with 68% of participants not having plans of watching much or any of it in November compared to only 64% in October.