Football World Cup: FIFA reportedly undecided over LGBT+ 'OneLove' armbands for 2023 tournament in NZ

FIFA remains in discussions with teams over the use of rainbow 'OneLove' armbands for this year's women's Football World Cup, held in New Zealand and Australia.

Used to show support towards the LGBT+ community, the armbands were a controversial feature of last year's men's World Cup in Qatar.

Initially, teams and players voiced their support for the armbands, but FIFA threatened punishments if they were worn.

Seven teams, including England and Belgium, opted against wearing the armbands, after players were threatened with yellow cards, but according to European outlets, the game's governing body is yet to decide on whether the same rules will apply for this year's tournament.

"At a team workshop, FIFA was asked about equipment and competition regulations in relation to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup," a spokesperson told Sky Sports UK.

"FIFA wishes to reiterate that no decision has been taken in relation to armbands. FIFA remains committed to ongoing dialogue with players and member associations."

Those comments come after German outlet Bild reported a ban was under consideration, with the 'OneLove' armbands to continue to be prohibited, with FIFA opposed to political statements.

Already in the lead-up to this World Cup, FIFA has been forced to backtrack over the sponsorship of Visit Saudi, due to the kingdom's treatment of women.

The women's Football World Cup runs from July 20-August 20.