“I think it was a symbolically strong gesture that Belgium had to carry a message,” she explained. Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wore the “One Love” armband, which was denied to Belgium and other European elections, in the stands during the Red Devils’ victory over Canada on Wednesday in Qatar.
Haja Lahbib was present in the stands at Al Rayyan Stadium, along with, among others, FIFA President Gianni Infantino for this 2022 World Cup match. “Gianni Infantino explained to me why he made the choice to prevent the Red Devils from wearing an armband one Loveaccording to FIFA rules. These rules do not apply in the stands, I took off my jacket and showed the bandage, ”she explained into the RTBF microphone.
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Under the threat of “sporting sanctions” from FIFA, Belgium and six other European countries present in Qatar – Germany, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, Wales and Switzerland – have abandoned their captain wearing this colorful headband, symbolizing inclusiveness and diversity.
“I know that Eden Hazard[Selection Captain]would love to wear it on the ground,” Haja Lahbib continued, adding that he had been in Qatar since the start of the tournament to have “candid discussions.” “with Qatari diplomacy and the ‘protection of human rights’.”
Another minister, Germany’s Nancy Faezer, who is in charge of domestic affairs and whose portfolio covers sports, also appeared in the stands wearing the armband during Germany’s match against Japan, scheduled earlier in the day at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.
On the lawn, during the traditional pre-match team photo, the German players allegedly covered their mouths with their hands in apparent protest against FIFA’s decision.