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Qataris wear pro-Palestinian armbands amid World Cup symbol row

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DOHA : A handful of Qataris wore armbands featuring a pro-Palestinian design at the Japan-Germany World Cup match on Wednesday, according to photos posted on Twitter, amid a row over political symbols that are permitted at soccer's main event.

The armbands bore the black-and-white design of the keffiyeh scarf that is synonymous with the Palestinian cause and were an apparent response to players and officials protesting FIFA's move to sanction players who wear the "OneLove" arm-band on the pitch.

Reuters confirmed the Twitter photos with stadium eyewitnesses. Nearby, Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Faeser sported the OneLove armband, which features a multi-coloured striped heart that promotes inclusion and opposes discrimination.

Last week, seven European teams abandoned plans to wear the armband onto the pitch after FIFA threatened them with sanctions.

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