Denmark are set to discuss a complete withdrawal from FIFA, along with other nations from UEFA, over the controversial issue of the OneLove banner at the Qatar World Cup.
The captains of seven European nations had planned to wear a One Love armband to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQI+ rights in Qatar, but also to denounce the Arab country’s human rights record.
However, the players were warned that they could be sanctioned if they did, a decision made by FIFA on the eve of the final tournament. Concretely, the international forum chaired by Gianni Infantino had announced that those who wear the OneLove armband will receive yellow cards.
In a press conference on Wednesday morning, Danish Football Federation (DBU) chief executive Jakob Jensen revealed that a yellow card was the ‘minimum’ punishment captain Simon Kjaer would have received on his first match with Tunisia, World Cup in Qatar, score 0-0.
“On November 21, England requested an emergency meeting with FIFA, which came to the English hotel. FIFA said they would award at least one yellow card. It has been debated whether there is a legal basis for giving a yellow card, but there is. The penalty could have been a yellow cardJensen revealed, according to Football365.com.
The German FA took FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the ban, and now the Danish delegation have revealed the ‘fury’ it has caused and say they will not officially support the current president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, – who is running unopposed – in his candidacy. for re-election.
Denmark considers quitting FIFA
“There are presidential elections at FIFA. There are 211 countries in FIFA and I understand that the current president has statements of support from 207 countries. Denmark is not one of these countries. And neither do we“, said the president of the Danish Federation, Jesper Moller.
Moller also revealed that Denmark were considering leaving FIFA and were open to discussing it with the organisation’s 55 member states.
“It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a long time. We have been discussing this in the Nordic region since August. I reconsidered it. I imagine there could be challenges if Denmark goes it alone. But let’s see if we can’t have a dialogue about things“, he said.
While FIFA is a 211-member body that ultimately governs through a democracy, many major European nations wield power, influence and money within the organization. FIFA President Gianni Infantino could be forced to make reforms or face a revolt.
Germany, demonstration at the start of the match with Japan
German players covered their mouths at a stadium in Qatar on Wednesday ahead of their World Cup clash with Japan to protest FIFA’s decision to ban OneLove armbands.
Their act of defiance at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium came after football’s world governing body threatened sanctions against teams and their captains who will wear the ‘OneLove’ armband – seen as a symbolic protest against Qatar’s laws, where homosexuality is illegal.
All the German players took part in this demonstration, in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch before the start of the Group E match.
After the protest, the German Football Federation (DFB) released a statement strongly supporting their team: “Banning the armband is like banning our right to free speech,” according to the Daily Mail.
Source: Football365.com, Daily Mail
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Publication date: 24-11-2022 10:35