The move comes just hours before Belgium kicks off its Qatar campaign on Wednesday Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium poses during the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 portrait session © Getty Images / Photo by Shaun Botterill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

FIFA has told the Royal Belgian Football Association that it must remove the word ‘love’ from the collar of the team’s away jersey, a move which comes in tandem with a demand from world football’s governing body that various European teams abandon a move to wear a ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband aimed at promoting anti-discrimination issues throughout the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The request handed down from FIFA comes as Belgium prepares for its opening World Cup fixture on Wednesday against Canada.

According to ESPN, FIFA refused to enter dialogue with figures within Belgian football regarding the issue – with the outlet stating that the Belgian FA has not yet decided if it will honor FIFA’s request. (RT)