Captains from seven European nations had planned to wear ‘OneLove’ armbands that featured the rainbow in the shape of a heart. But on the eve of England’s opening match against Iran, FIFA warned that captain Harry Kane risked “sporting sanctions” if he took to the field wearing the accessory.
Instead, Kane wore a FIFA-approved armband with a vague anti-discrimination message. Germany, another of the seven nations scheduled to wear the armband, covered their mouths in a team photo to portray the feeling of being silenced.
FIFA, in cooperation with the Qatari authorities, promised that no one wearing the rainbow would be approached, detained or prosecuted. Therefore, some will remember this World Cup for all the wrong reasons.
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