Soccer-Germany change grocery store brand with OneLove in press centre By Reuters

© Reuters. Soccer Soccer – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Belgium v Canada – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – November 23, 2022 Belgium followers put on a OneLove t-shirts contained in the stadium earlier than the match REUTERS/John Sibley

AL SHAMAL, Qatar (Reuters) – Germany changed the brand of a grocery store chain that pulled its sponsorship over the ‘OneLove’ range armband controversy with that of the armband itself at their World Cup press centre on Friday.

The background wall of the German press convention room that shows all of the crew’s sponsors at their coaching base in north Qatar on Friday included the ‘OneLove’ brand and rainbow instead of the REWE grocery store chain that pulled out.

The area is just not open to the general public and solely to accredited media.

The armbands, supposed to ship a message of tolerance, connection and opposition to all types of discrimination, have been within the international highlight since FIFA threatened a number of European crew captains with sanctions in the event that they wore them to assist LGBTQ folks in Qatar, the place homosexuality is against the law.

Germany initially mentioned crew captain Manuel Neuer would put on the armband however they made a U-turn after the FIFA menace a day earlier than their first sport on the World Cup on Wednesday.

On account of Germany backing down, main grocery chain Rewe scrapped its promoting marketing campaign with the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB).

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