European World Cup Teams Drop LGBT Armbands After Pushback

Brazilian referee Raphael Claus issues a yellow card to Iran's midfielder #07 Alireza Jahanbakhsh during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Under FIFA rules, players wearing unauthorized items could receive a yellow card or be ejected from the game.
  • “As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games,” a statement from the European teams said.
  • The response came just hours before teams planned to wear the armbands during Monday’s games.

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