FIFA have revealed that they are open to dialogue when it comes to the rainbow captain’s armband or “OneLove” armbands at the Women’s World Cup. As things stand, teams and captains face punishment if they wear anything other than those approved by the governing body.
The issue was raised at the Qatar World Cup in the winter, primarily by the German Football Association. During the men’s World Cup, England captain Harry Kane was forced to stop wearing the rainbow armband since FIFA threatened strict sanctions.
FIFA open to dialogue about rainbow armband at Women’s World Cup
“FIFA wishes to reiterate that no decision has been taken in relation to armbands,” a spokesperson of the governing body of world football said.
“FIFA remains committed to ongoing dialogue with players and member associations.”
It should be noted that no final decision has been made about the armband. The World Cup will be played in the summer months of July and August in Australia and New Zealand.
During the women’s Euros, Germany Frauen captain Alexandra Popp sported the rainbow armband all the way to their Euro 2020 final run at the Wembley Stadium. If there is a ban, then it is unclear what actions will be taken against the captains or the teams that wear the rainbow armband.
But for now, teams like Germany will continue to wear the rainbow armband en route to their matches at the World Cup.