Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib wore a “One Love” armband when she met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at her country’s World Cup match against Canada.
Hadja Lahbib was pictured on Wednesday wearing the colourful armband — regarded as a symbol for inclusion and diversity — that FIFA has prevented captains of seven European teams, including Belgium, from wearing at the World Cup in Qatar.
They wanted to wear it as a rebuke to host nation Qatar’s human rights record.
Ms. Lahbib posted a photo of herself on Twitter wearing the band on her left arm, writing: “My heart goes out to our Red Devils!”
FIFA warned the seven European federations that players would be penalized if they wore the armband.
“It was a sign from the team, from us,” Germany coach Hansi Flick said, “that FIFA is muzzling 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 beside Infantino. Ms. Faeser posted a photo of herself wearing it with the hashtag #OneLove.