Top US diplomat criticizes FIFA armband threat at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — America’s top diplomat has criticized a decision by FIFA to threaten players at the World Cup with yellow cards if they wear armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was “always concerning … when we see any restrictions on freedom of expression.” Blinken added: “It’s especially so when the expression is for diversity and for inclusion. And in my judgment, at least no one on a football pitch should be forced to choose between supporting these values and playing for their team.” FIFA could not be immediately reached for comment to respond to his remarks.