FIFA’s governing body has banned the wearing of Nazi-era costumes in international tournaments, in a bid to protect the memory of victims of the Holocaust.
The World Cup, the Copa America and the World Cup Final are among the events in the 2022 World Cup which will take place in the United Arab Emirates.
The ban will apply to all members of FIFA’s executive committee who are involved in football.
It has been proposed that the banned costumes should be used only in games at the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and for all international matches.
The ban applies to the costumes worn during matches, but not during warm-ups.
It also extends to any other costume that might be worn, and which has been used for any purpose other than sporting, to include the use of any of the costumes banned in Qatar.
A FIFA statement said the ban would be implemented immediately in accordance with the rules, and would take effect immediately.
The committee also decided that all other costumes that could be used for sporting purposes would be banned from future competitions, and all other non-sporting items that could also be used would be prohibited from future tournaments.
The banning of costumes, including the use and misuse of the Nazi-made Fascist-era Nazi swastika, was a response to a long-standing campaign against the use or misuse of Nazi symbols and symbols of Nazi Germany, the World Anti-Fascist League (WAPL).
The WAPL said it had lobbied the FIFA Executive Committee on behalf of Holocaust survivors to support the ban.
“We have never been against using Nazi symbols for any sporting purpose.
The World Cup has always been a sport that celebrates diversity and togetherness, with all the members of the FIFA community representing the whole of football,” WAPl President Thomas Fuchs said.”
The World Football Association is the only one in the world that does not discriminate against anyone for their beliefs.
We are in favour of the use, display and use of such symbols and any other symbols and cultural elements that are appropriate for sporting activities.”
The ban on Nazi-related costumes follows a similar ban on the Nazi symbols of the Bierut band.
The bans also follow the decision in February to ban the Nazi symbol of the swastika from use in all FIFA events.
The Wapl, a political organisation of Holocaust victims, was one of the key campaigners for the ban in the wake of the World War II.
It campaigned for a boycott of the 2022 tournament, which is due to take place on the same day as the tournament in Qatar – and in order to ensure that the WapL could participate in the tournament without being affected by the ban, its members had to wear a black “I am a Holocaust survivor” t-shirt in the stands on the day of the tournament.
The boycott campaign succeeded in persuading the FIFA executive committee to back a change to the World Cups rules, but it has not yet been implemented.
The bans, and the WAPLL’s decision to oppose them, have been a long time coming.
The Wapll had argued that the Nazi costumes were “incompatible with the principles of good sport and respect for the rights of others”.
“It is a deeply disturbing event that we have witnessed, and that it is in no way a good thing,” Waply said.