The rainbow-colored captain’s armband that SBV Vitesse star Guram Kashia wore last week was designed to call for unity among Dutch soccer fans. In Georgia, the small country located some 2,300 miles away from the Netherlands, that simple strip of fabric, which has become a symbol of the LGBT community, is tearing a fan base apart. ” ‘LGBT Kashia’ must be cut off from the Georgian team!” columnist Giorgi Gigauri wrote Friday in one of the country’s most prominent newspapers, Asavali-Dasavali (via RFE/RL). “Georgia’s soccer fathers should know that Georgian men will boycott the team if ‘LGBT-Kashia’ dares to play in the national team jersey.” Gigauri wasn’t alone in his criticism of Kashia’s gesture, which was shared by every other captain of a Netherlands Eredivisie squad.
October 21 / Washington Post