The Belgium national team were forced to change their World Cup kit just two days before their opening match after FIFA rejected the team’s away shirt because of the word ‘Love’ on the collar.
The design of the shirt, which includes a rainbow colored border, was inspired by the fireworks of the famous Belgian music festival Tomorrowland and represents diversity, equality and inclusivity.
However, Belgian spokesperson Stefan Van Loock said FIFA rejected the shirt not because of the colors, which are usually LGBTQ+-related, but because of the commercial connection to Tomorrowland.
The festival logo is incorporated into the ‘o’ of ‘Love’.
Belgium’s warm-up shirt was also rejected by FIFA due to its Tomorrowland references, he said.
FIFA allow Belgium to play in the away shirts if the word ‘Love’ is stuck on the label, but Van Loock said the Red Devils will still play the first three games in their main red shirts.
The rejection comes after FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards to any player wearing the multicolored ‘OneLove’ armband which was introduced to support diversity and inclusion.
The Belgian Football Association said earlier on Monday that their captain Eden Hazard would not play with the armband.