Sunday, July 9, 2023

FIFA confirms players can't wear rainbow armband at Women's World Cup

FIFA has confirmed that players at the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, from July 20 to August 20, will not be able to wear the rainbow armband in support of LGBTQ rights, but will instead be able to choose from eight alternative options.

The themes of the armbands for the Women’s World Cup were picked after consultation with the 32 participating teams, players and United Nations agencies. The messages on the armbands are: Unite for Inclusion, Unite for Indigenous Peoples, Unite for Gender Equality, Unite for Peace, Unite for Education for All, Unite for Zero, Unite for Ending Violence Against Women and Football is Joy, Peace, Love, Hope and Passion.

The logo on the Unite for Inclusion armband features the same colours as those used in the OneLove armband, with red, black and green (the Pan-African flag) representing race and heritage and pink, yellow and blue (the pansexual flag) representing all gender identities and sexual orientations.

There will be no change to the regulations that stopped teams from wearing the OneLove armband at last year’s men’s World Cup in Qatar, with sanctions possible should a team choose to breach the rules. However, teams will be invited to choose from eight Fifa-sanctioned armbands highlighting a variety of social causes.

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