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World Cup teams abandon “OneLove” armbands in FIFA row

World Cup teams abandon “OneLove” armbands in FIFA row

Its captain England, Wells, Belgium, Denmark, Germany And The Netherlands Their captains will not wear ‘OneLove’ anti-discrimination armbands in their World Cup opener after it was confirmed that their captains would be yellow-carded for taking part in the initiative.

The announcement came just before the start of their World Cup campaign. National federations said they were prepared to fine their captains for wearing ‘Onelove’ armbands, but once it became clear their captains would be sanctioned, they had to change plans.

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“FIFA has made it very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear armbands on the field of play,” the countries said in a joint statement. “As a national federation, we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked captains not to try to wear the armband at FIFA World Cup games.

“We were prepared to pay the fines that normally apply to kit rule violations and had a firm commitment to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they may be booked or even forced to leave the field of play. .

“We are very disappointed by FIFA’s decision which we believe is unprecedented — we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our desire to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband to actively support inclusion in football, and we have had no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed — They are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.”

FIFA announced before the start of the tournament that seven different armbands would be available for each round of the competition, each with a different social messaging slogan. But shortly after seven countries announced on Monday that they would not wear the ‘OneLove’ armband, FIFA announced that it would make the “no discrimination” armband available throughout the tournament, while it had previously been worn in the quarter-finals.

“Following discussions, FIFA can confirm that its ‘No Discrimination’ campaign has been brought forward from the planned quarter-final stage so that 32 captains will have the opportunity to wear the armband during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar,” the statement said.

“This is in accordance with Article 13.8.1 of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which states: ‘For FIFA Finals competitions, the captain of each team must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA.'”

The Dutch were the first to publicly announce it Virgil van Dyck No need to wear an armband. The KNVB statement on the decision read: “Today, a few hours before the first game, we were (officially) made clear to us by FIFA that the captain will receive a yellow card if he wears the ‘OneLove’ captain’s armband. We deeply regret that together a reasonable solution Could not be reached.

“We stand by the ‘OneLove’ message and will continue to spread it, but our number one priority at the World Cup is to win games. You don’t want the captain to start the match with a yellow card. It is with heavy hearts that we thank the UEFA Working Group, the KNVB and as a team we A decision had to be made to abandon the plan.”

The KNVB added: “Previously announced, the KNVB would have paid a possible fine for wearing the ‘OneLove’ captain’s armband, but FIFA wants to punish us on the field. It goes against our spirit. Sport that connects millions of people. With Along with other countries involved, we will be critical of our relationship with FIFA in the coming period.”

France, who were initially part of the initiative, will also not wear the armband. French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet said he “rather” the players Did not wear the rainbow armbandWhen the captain Hugo Lloris At a press conference on Monday, the party reiterated its position after saying it had earlier “too much pressure” Players in Qatar to protest.

“I would like to say that FIFA organizes the competition and it sets the frame, the rules,” Lloris said. “Our players are here to play football and represent our country at the sporting level.

“At that level, the first game is always very important and as the defending champions, our expectations are even higher.”

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Denmark manager Kasper Hullmand said the decision to allow players to wear the armband carried a “controversial message”.

“Imagine going on the field with a clear yellow card to start with,” Hulmand said. “It’s not possible. We have to make sure that this decision is not up to the players.

“It’s not something invented for this show. It’s something we’ve done before. I don’t see the problem to be honest. It’s also a big question mark for me.”

Nine countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, agreed to wear the armband as a symbol in September. Diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination Concerns over World Cup host Qatar’s human rights record

Both FIFA and UEFA do not normally allow teams to make political statements, but European football’s governing body has given them permission to wear armbands in UEFA Nations League matches.

FIFA did not provide clarity on their position and just a day before the start of the World Cup, introduced their own armbands for all captains to promote social awareness. Nine countries, of which only seven are present at the World Cup, were prepared to accept penalties for the gesture, but there were suggestions that each captain could receive a yellow card at kick-off in each match.

And on a day when the European nations were preparing to begin their World Cup campaign, they unilaterally decided not to wear the armband for fear of disapproval from their captains.

The day before the opening match against England Irantheir captain why harry She plans to wear it.

“I think we’ve made it clear as a team, as a staff and as an organization that we want to wear the armband,” Kane said Sunday. “I know the FA are talking to FIFA at the moment and I’m sure we’ll make a decision tomorrow during the game. I think we’ve made it clear that we want to wear it.”

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal and captain Van Dijk were asked if they would wear the armband at a press conference the day before their opener. Dutch manager Van Gaal replied: “I’m not going to talk about political issues anymore, I’m talking about this upcoming match and I’ve put a full stop to all these issues.

“After I invited the migrants to watch a practice session, I asked all our players to stop it completely and concentrate on the match against Senegal.”

Other countries have confirmed they plan to wear armbands, with both Wales and Germany doing so at the weekend.

Information from Reuters and ESPN’s Julien Lawrence contributed to this report.


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