Following discussions, FIFA can confirm its No Discrimination campaign has been brought forward from the planned quarterfinals stage in order that all 32 captains will have the opportunity to wear this armband during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
This is in line with Article 13.8.1 of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which state: “For FIFA Final Competitions, the captain of each Team must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA.”
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar regulations, as approved by everyone in the game, exist to preserve the integrity of the field of play for all participants and are equally applicable to all competing teams.
FIFA is an inclusive organisation that wants to put football to the benefit of society by supporting good and legitimate causes, but it has to be done within the framework of the competition regulations which are known to everyone.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has reiterated his support of the LGBTQI+ community during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“I have been speaking about this subject with the country’s highest leadership,” the FIFA President said. “They have confirmed, and I can confirm that everyone is welcome. If anyone says the opposite, well it’s not the opinion of the country and it’s certainly not the opinion of FIFA.”