Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wore the inclusive “One Love” bracelet in the stands during her country’s first match at the World Cup Qatar 2022this Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Canada.
Seven European teams, including Belgiumthey wanted to show off that braceletbut the threats of sanctions by the FIFA They prompted them to back down.
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hadja lahbib He was in the presidential box of the Belgium-Canada stadium together with the rest of the authorities, including the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino.
“Gianni Infantino explained to me why he had decided not to allow the Red Devils to wear the One Love armband, according to FIFA rules.. Those rules don’t apply in the stands, I took off my jacket and showed my bracelet”, he explained to Belgian French-speaking television RTBF.
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“I think it is a symbolically strong gesture, that Belgium had to give that message. I know that Eden Hazard (the Belgium captain) would have wanted to take him on the pitch.” added.
The Belgian government did not initially contemplate an official representation in the stadium until an eventual semifinal, but hadja lahbib he insisted on going there at the start of the tournament and having “frank talks” with Qatari diplomacy and “defending human rights”.
In another match this Wednesday, Germany’s starting players raised their hands to their mouths in a gag gesture during the official team photo in the moments before their duel with Japan (2-1 win for the Asians). Apparently it was his way of denouncing what happened with the bracelet and a symbolic gesture against FIFA’s position.
The German Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeserwas also in the stands at his team’s match wearing the inclusive bracelet.