Teams representing seven European nations at the World Cup announced on Monday that their captains would not wear LGBTQ armbands in Qatar after FIFA said players wearing the strips would be punished.
The captains of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland intended to wear the OneLove rainbow armbands to promote diversity and inclusion during the World Cup.
“We were prepared to pay the fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and we were firmly committed to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in the situation where they could be warned or even forced to leave the field of play,” the football associations said in a joint statement. Three of the teams – England, Wales and the Netherlands – are due to play on Monday.