Belgium Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wears a “One Love” armband in the stands during the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Canada at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar on November 23, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP
Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wore a “One Love” armband when she met FIFA president Gianni Infantino during her country’s World Cup match against Canada.
Hadja Lahbib was pictured on Wednesday wearing the colorful armband – considered a symbol for inclusion and diversity – that FIFA has prevented the captains of seven European teams, including Belgium, from wearing at the World Cup in Qatar.
They want to wear it as a rebuke to the human rights record of the country of Qatar.
Ms. Lahbib posted a photo of himself on Twitter wearing the band on his left arm, writing: “My heart goes out to our Red Devils!”
FIFA has warned seven European federations that players will be penalized if they wear the armband.
Germany players covered their mouths for their team photo before their opening World Cup match, a 2-1 loss to Japan, to protest against FIFA’s clampdown on the “One Love” armband.
“It’s a signal from the team, from us,” said coach Hansi Flick of Germany, “that FIFA is cursing us.” German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, who is also responsible for sports, also wore a “One Love” armband in the stands for her country’s match, sitting next to Infantino. Ms. posted. Faeser shared a photo of her wearing it with the hashtag #OneLove.