The controversy regarding the wearing of the ‘One Love’ Armband by a few teams at the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar, could see another turnaround later on Wednesday. Germany was one of the teams that desired to wear the armband with support to LGBTQ+ people as teams like Die Mannschaft, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, England, Wales, Switzerland, and Norway had given a green signal that their captains would all be wearing the armband having the rainbow flag.
However, FIFA warned that players will be booked for wearing an armband. England stepped back and their captain Harry Kane didn’t wear the band in their match against Iran. However, the German federation hasn’t backed out and has been insisting on it and has put an immediate appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have the situation reversed so that there’s no restriction on wearing the Armband.
The decision could arrive as early as Wednesday afternoon and though FIFA controls that there’s no legal ground for the decision change, the final words come from CAS of who must or mustn’t wear the band.
REWE breaks with Germany for not fastening the rainbow armband
Even before the Germans could make their World Cup debut, something already cost them. REWE Group, the parent company of DER Touristik: Europe’s second-largest tourism group, has declared breaking ties with the German Football Association.
Lionel Souque, CEO of REWE said,
“For us, football means, among other things, fair play, tolerance, and solidarity, and we also stand for these values.”
In another shocker on Wednesday, Japan defeated Germany 2-1. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia sealed a 2-1 victory against Argentina. Let’s wait and watch what more mysteries the Qatar World Cup has in hold for the fans.