European World Cup teams backed down on Monday from wearing rainbow LGBTQ armbands during their games in Qatar after FIFA threatened to penalize players if they did so.
In a joint statement from the Football Associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, the teams announced the captains would not be wearing “OneLove” armbands during the games, the Washington Post reported. The change comes after the teams said the world soccer organization notified them that it would “impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play.”
“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
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