The controversy surrounding the wearing of the ‘One Love’ armband at the 2022 Qatar World Cup by certain team captains could be set for another twist later on Wednesday.
Germany were one of the teams that intended to wear the armband in support of LGBTQ+ people as sides such as Die Mannschaft, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Wales, England, Norway and Switzerland had agreed that their captains would wear an armband with the rainbow flag.
However, FIFA interjected and threatened that players will be booked for wearing the armband.
England backed down and it was not worn by Harry Kane against Iran, but the German federation has not stopped and has continued to insist on it, so much so that it has appealed urgently to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to get the situation turned around so that it can use the rainbow armband.
The decision could come as early as Wednesday afternoon and, although FIFA maintains that there is no legal basis for the change of decision, CAS is the one who has the final word and who must decide on the use or not of the armband.
REWE breaks with Germany for not wearing the rainbow armband
The World Cup in Qatar has already cost the German national team, even before the players have made their debut on the pitch.
REWE Group, parent company of DER Touristik – Europe’s second largest tourism group – has announced that it is breaking off its sponsorship with the German Football Association.
“For us, football means, among other things, fair play, tolerance and solidarity, and we also stand for these values,” said Lionel Souque, CEO of REWE.