Just two days before their World Cup opener, the Belgian national team was forced to switch uniforms after FIFA rejected the squad’s away uniform due to the word “Love” on the collar.
The shirt’s design, which features a rainbow-colored trim, was motivated by the pyrotechnics of the renowned music festival Tomorrowland in Belgium and stands for inclusivity, diversity, and equality.
Stefan Van Loock, a spokesman for Belgium, claimed that FIFA had rejected the jersey due to its economic association with Tomorrowland rather than its LGBTQ+-associated colors.
The letter “o” in “Love” contains the festival’s emblem.
According to him, FIFA also disapproved Belgium’s warm-up jersey due to its references to Tomorrowland.
Van Loock stated that the Red Devils will play the first three games in their primary red shirt regardless of FIFA’s decision to allow Belgium to play with the away shirts if the word “Love” on the etiquette is taped over.