Belgium had to quickly find a solution for its word “Love” written on the jersey and banned by FIFA. A label will be affixed to camouflage the inscription which appears in the collar. “It’s sad, but Fifa leaves us no choice. For the rest, the equipment remains unchanged“, commented the general manager of the RBFA Peter Bossaert.
This shirt”inspired by the famous Tomorrowland fireworks display (a music festival, Editor’s note) and represents the shared values of diversity, equality and inclusion“, had specified the RBFA during the presentation of the jersey last September.
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According to Fifa, it is in fact the reference to this Belgian music festival, Tomorrowland, which can be considered disguised advertising. On Monday, seven European teams, including Belgium, gave up wearing a “One Love” armband in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Like the other selections, the Red Devils gave in to pressure from Fifa, which threatened the teams with “sporting sanctions” in the event of non-compliance with the rules.
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