FIFA’s anti-LGBTQ World Cup cowardice is also a reminder for America

The "OneLove" campaign planned in Qatar vanished faster than Argentina's hopes of winning the World Cup this year after FIFA threatened players who planned to participate in it with yellow cards and even ejections.

The captains of several European teams, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Wales, were required to don armbands that said OneLove and were coloured in the rainbow shades of inclusion, including inclusion for LGBTQ individuals.

It was intended that the message would serve as a visual protest against Qatar, which outlaws same-sex unions.

However, following FIFA's warning that the planned protest would bring politics onto the field inappropriately, those teams released a statement saying that they were "willing to pay fines that would typically apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband."

We cannot, however, put our athletes in a position where they risk getting a ticket or perhaps being asked to leave the field of play.

Many players have emphasised how deeply disappointed they are with FIFA's choice. Fans from Europe have as well. Football supporters in England and Wales are represented by the Football Supporters' Association, which declared that it "feels betrayed."

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