Prior to Wednesday's match against Japan, German players wore rainbow-colored stripes on their warm-up jerseys and cleats and covered their mouths in their pregame photo.
The most spectacular action against FIFA's attempts to prevent World Cup teams from criticising Qatar's appalling record on human rights.
In order to promote acceptance, diversity, and LGBTQ rights in Qatar, where same-sex relationships are prohibited, Germany was one of seven European teams that intended to have their captain wear a OneLove armband.
FIFA retaliated on Monday by threatening to show any player wearing the armband a yellow card.
However, if FIFA President Gianni Infantino believed it would put an end to the controversy, he was mistaken.
Blinken stated "any limits on freedom of expression" were "always troubling" to the United States during a press conference.