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European teams abandon pro-LGBTQ armband at World Cup in Qatar

Qatar’s first World Cup has gotten off to a rocky start due to human rights issues in the Gulf state, the ban on alcohol sales and other flashpoints.
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European soccer teams have backed down from their plan to wear arm bands in support of LGBTQ people. 

What happened: The captains of the men’s soccer teams of England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and France had planned to wear a rainbow-colored armband reading “OneLove” during their World Cup matches. The Royal Dutch Football Association, which led the initiative, said the band represents that people love soccer regardless of their “heritage, race, gender identity and sexual orientation.” 

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