The seven teams of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland
announced at the 2022 World Cup that they would not wear the
“One Love” anti-discrimination badge in their opening World Cup games after making sure the captain is given a yellow card if they participate in the initiative.
The announcement came ahead of when their World Cup campaigns
were scheduled to begin, and national soccer federations said they were willing to pay a fine for their captains to wear the rainbow badge, but once it became clear that the team’s captains would be punished, they had to change their plans.
Statement of the countries participating in the World Cup
“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sports penalties
if our team leaders wear badges during matches, and as national federations
we cannot put our players in a position where they can face sports penalties including alarms.”
“Therefore, this is a joint statement issued by football federations in England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The Fédération Internationale de Football asked not to attempt to wear an armband at World Cup matches.”
“We are deeply disappointed with the decision of FIFA
which we believe is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September to inform them of our desire to wear the One Love badge to actively support integration into football and have received no response.”