European World Cup Teams Drop LGBT Armbands After Pushback

  • Under FIFA rules, players wearing unauthorized items could receive a yellow card or be ejected from the game.
  • “As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games,” a statement from the European teams said.
  • The response came just hours before teams planned to wear the armbands during Monday’s games.
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