FIFA has come under fire for prohibiting the display of OneLove anti-discrimination rainbow armbands in the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
Players and fans alike from seven European nations, including England and Germany, were due to wear the armbands during the tournament to support the LGBTQ+ community.
The article collates multiple reactions to the incident including Germany's symbolic protest against FIFA and England's captain, Harry Kane, risking further punishment beyond a yellow card for wearing the armband.
Seven European nations participating in the World Cup, including England and Germany, planned to wear OneLove anti-discrimination rainbow armbands during the tournament.
However, the teams were dissuaded from doing so after FIFA threatened disciplinary action, which threatened more severe disciplinary solutions than a yellow card.
The Football Supporters' Association's England Fans' Embassy praised Germany's opposition to FIFA's stance by covering their mouths during a team photo, and they believe England's players will have taken note.
England's manager, Gareth Southgate has not ruled out his team making gestures to highlight human rights violations in Qatar, while the captain Harry Kane could have faced sterner sanctions for wearing the OneLove armband than just a yellow card.
Australia released a video highlighting human rights issues in Qatar, adding to the growing number of voices protesting the tournament's staging in Qatar given their human rights record, the lack of workers' rights, and the climate conditions.