The captains of seven European nations will not wear anti-discrimination armbands at World Cup matches after FIFA threatened to show players yellow cards.
“As national confederations, we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including carding,” the seven football confederations said in a joint statement on Monday.
The drop after the FIFA threats came hours before England’s Harry Kane, Holland’s Virgil van Dijk and Wales’ Gareth Bale wore the One Love shirt in Monday’s games. The captains of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark were also to wear the armbands in the future.
“Our main priority at the World Cup is to win games,” the Dutch football association said in a separate statement. “So you don’t want the captain to start the game with a yellow card.”
The One Love campaign was launched in the Netherlands and its logo is a multi-coloured heart-shaped logo that aims to promote inclusion and diversity in football and society.