It has been less than twenty-four hours since it was initially reported that FIFA had threatened on-field penalties for players if the England Football Association and six other European Football Associations allowed their leaders to wear the armbands in support of the “One Love” campaign. The news comes as a result of this development.

In a new twist to the symbolic drama that has unfolded over the course of the first two days of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has informed Belgium that they are not permitted to compete while wearing match shirts that have the word “Love” printed on the collar.

It has been less than twenty-four hours since it was first reported that FIFA had threatened on-field punishment for players of the England Football Association and six other European Football Associations if their captains wore the armbands in support of the “One Love” campaign instead of the FIFA-approved “No Discrimination” armband for matchday one. The news comes as a result of this development.

On Monday, none of the players wore the “One Love” armbands, but England’s Harry Kane did wear the “No Discrimination” armband that was approved by FIFA and was presented as a compromise for the game against Iran.

The captains of seven different European countries had made a commitment to wear armbands that featured the multicolored heart-shaped logo of the “One Love” campaign. This campaign encourages inclusiveness and diversity in soccer as well as in society. Because of this, there is a possibility that on Monday, spectators all around the world will witness a symbol of discontent with the host country and defiance of FIFA on the arms of Kane, Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands, and Gareth Bale of Wales.

In an united statement, the seven national soccer federations expressed their inability to “place our players in a position where they could face sporting punishments, including bookings.” This was in reference to the yellow cards, which were mentioned in the statement.

The international players’ organization FIFPRO expressed their “disappointment” with FIFA’s decision.

The players’ union issued the following statement: “Players must have the right to show their support for human rights on and off the field of play, and we will back any of them who will utilize their own platforms to do so:” “We maintain that a rainbow flag is not a political statement but rather a support of equality and, as a result, a universal human right,”

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