German minister Nancy Faeser has been spotted in the stands at the World Cup in Qatar wearing the OneLove armband. She was pictured with the armband on display accompanied by the FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
The armband has become controversial during the tournament with England skipper threatened with a yellow card if he wore it for the Three Lions first match.
TV pundit Alex Scott won praise from English fans for wearing the band while commentating on England’s game.
Fans have been displaying flags and various items of clothing featuring pro-LGBTQ+ colours and messaging in protest over Qatar’s treatment of the community.
Qatar law calls for a prison sentence of between one to three years for “inducing or seducing a male or a female in any way to commit illegal or immoral actions”.
A statement from the official Germany national team read: “With our captain’s armband, we wanted to set an example for values that we live in the national team: diversity and mutual respect. Be loud together with other nations.
“This is not about a political message: human rights are non-negotiable.
“That should go without saying. Unfortunately it still isn’t. That is why this message is so important to us.
“Banning us from the armband is like banning our mouths. Our stance stands.”
Germany, along with England and Wales, were among a small group of European nations planning to wear the rainbow armband as a show of inclusivity and anti-discrimination.
However, on Monday morning, shortly before England played Iran, the group of seven nations decided they would not wear it following threats from FIFA.
It was reported the captains wearing the armband would receive a yellow card, but it has since been revealed that further, unspecified threats were made and Germany have labelled FIFA’s actions as “blackmail”.
The reaction in Germany to the U-turn on wearing the armband has been poor, with the largest supermarket chain in the country REWE dropping their sponsorship of the national team.