Orkun Kokcu said he respects all human race, religion or preference but because of his religious background, he think he’s not the person to do it
Feyenoord captain Orkun Kokcu has been captain of the club for years. There is a directive among the football fraternity for captains to put on the rainbow sign in their matches. This has been organised to show solidarity amongst the LGBTQ community ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup and beyond.
In a club statement, Orkun Kokcu said he hopes his choice for religious reasons will be respected.
“I have decided not to wear to rainbow’s captained armband. I do think it is important to emphasize that I have respect for everyone regardless of religion background or preference. I believe that everyone is free to do whatever they want or feel. I understand very well what the importance of this action is, but because of my religious beliefs I do not feel I’m the right person to do this” he said.
The Fifa World Cup will commence in Qatar November 20 and there are several discussions going on, especially the rights of LGBTQ folks, who’ll be going to Qatar purposely to watch football.
The Qatari government already issued series of statements saying it will not tolerate the activities of gays. Most of these statements released was met with several criticisms from the community.
He continued “I realise that I may not be able to take away that feeling with these words immediately. But I hope that my choice for religious reasons will also respected”