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Alex Scott, 38, has blasted one critic on Twitter today in view of her 400,100 followers after a journalist insinuated she was a hypocrite for choosing to wear a One Love armband live on the BBC. The star wore the One Love token in support of the LGBTQ+ community, even after the England team decided to do a U-turn on wearing the armbands for the World Cup.
FIFA’s decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar has caused massive controversy this year due to the country’s alleged treatment of women, migrants and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Alex made her stance clear when she wore her One Love armband live while fronting the BBC’s coverage of England’s opening match in the World Cup on Monday, following the announcement that the Three Lions wouldn’t be making a statement during Qatar’s tournament.
Journalist Kelvin MacKenzie took to Twitter today to accuse Alex of double standards over her defiant move.
He wrote: “BBC commentator @AlexScott wanted to appear defiant by wearing the One Love armband in Qatar.
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“But on @GBNEWS @danwootton produced a photo showing her enjoying herself a few years ago in Dubai where being gay is illegal.
“What no armband! Well, there weren’t any BBC cameras,” he added in the thinly-veiled dig.
“Is that the strongest thing you have to try and take me down?” Alex fired back with a laughing emoji.
“If you go through my Instagram and Twitter I’ve not removed or trying to hide anything…
“I’ve also travelled to Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda the list is all there for you to see,” she added with a GIF of Kamala Harris looking unimpressed.
A number of Alex’s fans and followers also took to the comments section to defend her, with Shane writing: “Bizarre that you are getting abuse for doing what the teams planned to do and backed out of. Well done you and to f**k with those complaining about it.”
Rachel penned: “This is poor. She made a stance when no one else did. Our own England captain and team BALE(D) out. < him too.
“She done it on the biggest stage. Don’t matter she’s been on holiday there. You’re negativity is irrelevant especially when @AlexScott clearly held her principles.” (sic)
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While Valentin argued: “To be fair Alex, if you really wanted to make a statement you should have stayed at home. I for one would have respected your decision a lot more than the ‘armband’. Money over morals I’m afraid.” (sic)
England, Wales and five other European nations have backed down on wearing an armband in support of the LGBTQ+ community following a threat of sporting sanctions from world football’s governing body.
Players were potentially set to be given a yellow card if they entered the field of play wearing the armband.
There were also reports that claimed individuals could also be banned from playing.
A joint statement from the Football Associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands said: “Fifa has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play.
“As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings.
“So we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in Fifa World Cup games.”
England is next set to play a match against the USA on Friday, kicking off at 7pm.
Express.co.uk have contacted Alex Scott for further comment.
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