The US Soccer rainbow logo will not appear on playing kits ©Getty Images

The French and American national football teams have spoken out about Qatar's record on human rights record, and in particular the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, prior to competing at the FIFA World Cup in the country.

The United States' side have redesigned their logo by replacing red stripes with rainbow colours in a bid to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ people.

Although the new crest will not be on the players' kits during matches, it is displayed around their team base in the host country.

The US team trained at the Al Gharafa Stadium in Ar-Rayyan yesterday which was decorated with a huge image of the badge on the wall alongside the slogan "One Nation."

"Our rainbow badge has an important and consistent role in the identity of U.S. Soccer," a statement read.

"As part of our approach for any match or event, we include rainbow branding to support and embrace the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote a spirit of inclusiveness and welcoming to all fans across the globe.

"As a result, locations that we will manage and operate at the FIFA World Cup, such as the team hotel, media areas and parties, will feature both traditional and rainbow U.S. Soccer branding."

The American team is also set to broadcast the slogan "be the change" as it looks to promote a message of inclusivity in Qatar.

Coach Gregg Berhalter has stated that the importance of raising awareness around the issues of Qatar's hosting of the tournament.

"We not only want to draw attention to social issues in the United States, but also abroad," he said, as reported by L'Équipe.

"And we recognise that Qatar has made progress, there has been a ton of progress, but there is still work to be done."

France's team due to compete at the tournament has come together to write a letter on the issue of human rights, but largely avoiding discussing specific policies.

It was published through the Generation 2018 initiative which was set up by the world champions four years ago after their triumph in Russia and aims to finance social impact schemes.

"In the troubled context of this World Cup, we want to, with this collective letter, to recall our commitment to respect for human rights and our refusal of any form of discrimination," read the letter.

"For several weeks, we have heard the alerts of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and associations and we are sensitive.

"Our passion must not be the cause of misfortune for some.

"After collective reflection, we have therefore decided to support the NGOs that work for the protection of human rights, through the Generation 2018 endowment fund to which all the players of the 2022 selection and the members of staff are associated."