European Teams Ditch “One Love” Armband At World Cup Due To FIFA Pressure


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England, Germany and five other European teams abandoned plans to wear rainbow-themed armbands in support of LGBTQ rights at the World Cup on Monday, citing threats of disciplinary action from FIFA. “FIFA has made it very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear armbands on the field of play,” they said in a joint statement. According to FIFA rules, players wearing kits not approved by football’s world governing body may be shown a yellow card.

If that player is shown a second yellow card, they will be sent off.

The “OneLove” armband has been designed as part of a campaign to promote inclusion, prompted by the likes of England captain Harry Kane and Germany counterpart Manuel Neuer.

The armbands were widely seen as a protest against laws in host country Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

“As national federations, we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including bookings, so we have asked captains not to try to wear the armband at FIFA World Cup games,” the federations of England, Wales said. , Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland Dr.

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