FIFA warns 7 European countries, Germany protests
All the teams have not even started their respective campaigns in the FIFA World Cup 2022 but the ruckus has already happened. The controversy is gaining momentum. If the matter escalates, it is possible that 7 countries may withdraw from the World Cup in the middle of the tournament. These are the 7 countries that FIFA warned Football’s top body FIFA has warned 7 European countries that strict action will be taken if any of their players enter the field wearing ‘One Love Armband’.
Germany has also opposed it in 7 countries of Europe. His players kept their mouths shut in a group photo taken before the match against Japan. Apart from the players, German minister Nancy Fieger also opposed it. She reached the stadium to watch the match wearing ‘One Love Armband’, whose pictures also went viral on social media.
Fifa’s warning caused panic in 7 countries
FIFA said players would be penalized for wearing the colorful ‘One Love armband’ as a symbol of inclusion and diversity. Let us tell you that the captains of the seven European countries for whom FIFA said this, had planned to enter the field wearing ‘One Love Armband’. FIFA also said that if any player of the team does so, he will be shown an immediate yellow card. Those who criticized FIFA’s decision included Germany coach Hansi Flick and the president of the football federation, Bernd Neuendorff.
What is ‘One Love Arm Band’?
The ‘One Love Arm Band’ is a symbol of support for equality. It is also important in Qatar where homosexuality is not legal. It is not just related to the LGBTQ community. Just like the cricketers taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter, the footballers wanted to wear these armbands to convey a message of equality. But the players were not allowed as these things are not included in the FIFA rules and regulations.
Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium are among the seven European countries affected by FIFA’s warning. Denmark is planning to leave the FIFA World Cup after talking to the UEFA countries about it.