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Captain of the French National Soccer team Hugo Lloris is on the fence about showing his support for the LGBTQ+ community during the World Cup in Qatar.

The small country has drawn ire worldwide with its harsh policies toward alcohol, women’s rights, and same-sex unions. While ten countries’ captains and counting have agreed to show support for the LGBTQ+ community, the thirty-five-year-old keeper would expect visitors of his land to respect France’s laws if visiting.

Ever since the then-current Fifa President Sepp Blatter announced Qatar as the 2o22 host nation, the Connecticut-sized-country has been inundated with accusations of human rights violations against their migrant workers–of which make up almost 90% of the population of Qatar–to the not-so-secret rampant corruption of FIFA.

While Loris sounds polite, he may be forgetting that as recently as September, gay and lesbian individuals were targeted for arrest and mistreatment in detention centers based solely on their sexual orientation, according to a report from Human Rights Watch

Some fans were quick to point out the obvious to Hugo:

While others came to the captain’s defense:

Set to play Australia on Tuesday, it remains to be seen if Lloris will show his support while suiting up for France.

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A fan of the Red Devils and White Sox, Mike Gawdzik is a high school English teacher by day and a writer by night. He tries to write what he knows, like when he was a drag queen for a day or when he competed in an amateur boxing tournament in South Korea. When reading student essays isn’t enough for him, he’s also the creative nonfiction editor for Flying Island and Sport Literate.