Scott was hailed for wearing a One Love armband while reporting from England’s match against Iran.
This presenter stood pit-side defiantly wearing the rainbow flag of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community as the Three Lions prepare for their World Cup campaign in Qatar.
Alex Scott wore the OneLove armband ahead of England’s World Cup opening match against Iran in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
Captain Harry Kane, England’s captain, did not wear the armband in Qatar for fear of receiving a yellow card. Scott did not follow the FA’s late decision. The FA’s decision was heavily criticized.
Following an introduction by host Gary Lineker and pundits Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, and Micah Richards in the studio, reporter Kelly Somers and reporter Scott were shown pitchside at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
In a brief piece to the camera, Scott discussed Gareth Southgate’s choices and how Iran could be exploited without mentioning the armband. As Somers handed the mic back to Lineker in the studio, he briefly mentioned Scott’s choice to wear the armband.
Scott has been flooded with praise on Twitter:
The FA statement on Monday morning 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.
“We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.
“We are very frustrated by the FIFA decision which we believe is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our wish to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, and had no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.”