Alex Scott, 38, proudly posted to Twitter and Instagram shots of her reporting from Qatar wearing her armband in a small stand against Qatar’s treatments and laws against the LGBTQ+ community. While some supported the sports journalist, many were angered, blasting her as a “hypocrite” and demanding she focus on football instead of politics, but this has only incited her further.
Alex’s photos received almost 200,000 likes on Instagram, with tens of thousands of comments.
Some praised the reporter, saying she is “truly the role model football needs”.
However, there were just as many people in the comments section slamming the journalist telling her to “show some respect”, “focus on the World Cup” and stop “virtue signalling”.
Alex took the complaints in stride, later telling fans on her Instagram story that they could expect plenty more posts like that during the World Cup.
She wrote over a photo of her wearing the armband: “Think this is going to stay my main feed post throughout the Tournament as it seems to have pissed some people off.”
The reporter also added a sticker on her story, flashing the words: “Sorry not sorry.”
Alex has been relentless in her defence for wearing the armband amid complaints that she had previously been pictured in Qatar and supported the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Former editor of The Sun, Kelvin, MacKenzie, wrote on Twitter: “BBC commentator Alex Scott wanted to appear defiant by wearing the One Love armband in Qatar.
“But on GB News, Dan Wooton 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.” (sic)
Alex speedily responded to the critiques, writing: “Is that the strongest thing you have to try and take me down?” with a laughing emoji.
She continued: “If you go through my Instagram and Twitter I’ve not removed or tried to hide anything.
“I’ve also traveled to Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda the list is all there for you to see.”
A supporter of Alex also brutally slammed Kelvin, writing: “Nothing quite as irrelevant as a former newspaper editor.”
On Wednesday, Alex posted the official rules of the Qatar World Cup indicating that people discussing and supporting LGBTQ+ rights would be permitted.
She captioned the post: “Love will always conquer hate. There are some good games of football on today btw.
“That Belgium v Canada later on BBC looks interesting.”
One Twitter user responded to Alex in the comments asking: “So you are saying that the host country is hateful due to their religious stance?
“Does that include these countries competing that also have a stance that homosexuality is illegal?
“Cameroon, Tunisia, Ghana, Senegal, Saudi, Iran. Good job Jamaica didn’t qualify, illegal there too.”
Alex laughed off the criticisms, writing back with a laughing emoji: “The twisting of words and images is something else on here.
“I did not say that about the host country at all!! nor did I use such words, I haven’t spoken about religion either.
“The hate on this platform is what I was referring to.”