Why Morgan Freeman Wore A Single Glove At The World Cup Opening Ceremony | TOTUM
Ben Hayward November 21st

Fans watching the World Cup opening ceremony may have noticed an unusual clothing item during Morgan Freeman’s stint in the proceedings…  

The 85-year-old actor has come under criticism for his role in helping to kick things off for World Cup 2022 in Qatar, but it was his wearing of a glove on one hand that seems to have caught people’s attention. 

It’s by no means the first time Freeman has been spotted wearing the item in public, and it actually stems back to an incident that took place in 2008, when the veteran actor was involved in a car crash. 


According to news.com.au Freeman has been forced to wear the compression glove after paralysing his hand during a severe incident in Mississippi, which saw his car flip multiple times and leaving him on the side of the road.

Although he underwent surgery for his injuries, he suffered nerve damage and now wears the glove to support circulation.

Soaking to People in 2010, he said: “I suffered nerve damage and it hasn’t gotten better. I can’t move it. If you don’t move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?”

On top of this, Freeman also suffers with fibromyalgia, a condition that can cause all sorts of constant aches and pains. He told Esquire a couple of years after the accident that his fibromyalgia causes pain ‘up and down the arm. That’s where it gets so bad. Excruciating'.


Note of this stopped him from taking part in the World Cup ceremony over the weekend though, when Freeman - who was an ambassador for the USA’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup - stunned fans by taking to the stage with Qatari YouTube star Ghanim al-Muftah.

Fox News reported that the YouTube star, who suffers from Caudal Regression Syndrome, proceeded to read from the Quran while the actor walked on stage.

During their appearance, in a recorded dialogue, the actor asked al-Muftah if he was allowed to attend the World Cup.

To which al-Muftah responded: “We were raised to believe that we were scattered on this earth as nations, as tribes, so we could learn from each other and find beauty in the differences.”


The local star added that the world could live together ‘under one big home’ if we have ‘tolerance and respect’.

To which Freeman said: “So we gather here as one big tribe, and Earth is the tent we all live in.”

The two then reached their hands together, with the images of fireworks projected behind them. 

However, it seems Freeman’s message of peace and equality didn't go down too well with viewers, with one spectator writing on Twitter: “For a man who played Nelson Mandela - who knew better than anyone the impact and importance of isolation on a country and its success on the ground to change that nation’s policy - it is so disappointing to see #MorganFreeman take the money and support an oppressive regime.

Another disappointed Twitter user said: “Super disappointed in JK and Morgan Freeman. I guess money is worth more than human rights and morals.”

While a third person wrote: “I'm so disappointed in Morgan Freeman.”

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