Is the Minister of Sports following a clear example to the Belgian and German colleagues in the OneLove squad?  |  Policy

Is the Minister of Sports following a clear example to the Belgian and German colleagues in the OneLove squad? | Policy

The State of QatarVVD Minister for Sport Connie Helder is considering wearing a OneLove bracelet when she visits the FIFA World Cup. “We’re looking at that now,” she said. Ministers from Belgium and Germany were also in the stands with the squad today.

Minister Helder will visit the Netherlands match against the host country, Qatar, next Tuesday. This is an excellent opportunity to make a statement. “She is there to talk about working conditions, human rights and support for the Dutch national team,” her spokeswoman said.

Today, German Minister of the Interior Nancy Wesser wore a rainbow OneLove band. The Democratic Socialist wore the anti-discrimination statement during the Japan-Germany match in the stands of Khalifa International Stadium. Impressive detail: I sat next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf with German Interior Minister Nancy Weser, right, wearing the OneLove Band in the stands in Qatar. ©AP

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And the German national team made a statement on the field before the match by standing with their hands above their mouths, as the players indicated that they felt the muzzle. They also wore rainbow colors on their football boots.

Belgian Foreign Minister Hadj Lahbib will wear the rainbow ensemble tonight in the VIP stand of the stadium where the Red Devils will face Canada. Lahbib, 52, took the much-discussed band around her left arm next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Before leaving, Lahabib indicated that she was traveling to Qatar with a political message about standing up for human rights, including the rights of LGBT people.

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Belgian Minister Hajja Lahbib with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Belgian Minister Hajja Lahbib with FIFA President Gianni Infantino. © BELGA


FIFA’s decision to ban the band from being worn on the field is controversial. Seven countries wanted to do so, but the belt holders would receive a yellow card in that case. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who wants to become a world champion, said that he was not ready to do this.

Orange international Davy Claassen speaks positively about the German national team’s statement before the World Cup match with Japan:

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