Germany's soccer captain Alexandra Popp is confident that she will be able to set an example for diversity and tolerance at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
"We addressed the issue of the rainbow tie, that we really want to play with it," said Popp at the DFB media day in Herzogenaurach, adding: "We're in really good talks with FIFA, which I think is nice - because I like that Felt it was being kept completely away from the men."
The world football association would be much more open to the topic than at the men's World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022. There had been a big controversy about the so-called one love armband, which FIFA had banned. A heart in bright rainbow colors can be seen on the pad and the slogan "One Love" can be read. As a consequence of the quarrels, the German men's selection returned to the black, red and gold bandage.
Confusion surrounding captain's armband debate
The world association then announced that it would enter into dialogue with the associations. Recently there had been some confusion in the debate about the symbolic captain's armbands. FIFA had declared at a workshop that no other armband would be allowed at the Women's World Cup than the official FIFA captain's armband. That's why Popp will only wear the symbolic rainbow tie in test matches in the future, according to the DFB side. The world association emphasized shortly thereafter that no decision had yet been made.
Popp has now confirmed that there is no result yet. "We are also completely fine with it if we play with a different armband afterwards. If we play with One Love, then we can also play with our rainbow armband," said the 32-year-old striker from DFB Cup winners VfL Wolfsburg.
Most recently, the head of the Australian Football Association had expressed optimism that players would be allowed to wear rainbow armbands at the Women's World Cup. After "very good and significant" talks with the world governing body FIFA, James Johnson said he was "quite confident" in this regard in an interview with the British Sunday newspaper "Observer". He expects that there will be a solution before the World Cup finals from July 20th to August 20th in Australia and New Zealand.