Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wore a “One Love” armband when she met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at her nation’s World Cup match towards Canada.
Hadja Lahbib was pictured on Wednesday carrying the colorful armband — considered a logo for inclusion and variety — that FIFA has prevented captains of seven European groups, together with Belgium, from carrying on the World Cup in Qatar.
They needed to put on it as a rebuke to host nation Qatar’s human rights file.
Ms. Lahbib posted a photograph of herself on Twitter carrying the band on her left arm, writing: “My heart goes out to our Red Devils!”
FIFA warned the seven European federations that gamers can be penalized in the event that they wore the armband.
Germany’s gamers lined their mouths for his or her crew picture earlier than their opening World Cup match, a 2-1 loss to Japan, to protest towards FIFA’s clampdown on the “One Love” armband.
“It was a sign from the team, from us,” Germany coach Hansi Flick said, “that FIFA is muzzling us.” German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, who can also be answerable for sports activities, additionally wore a “One Love” armband within the stands for her nation’s match, sitting beside Infantino. Ms. Faeser posted a photograph of herself carrying it with the hashtag #OneLove.