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FIFA accused of snubbing referees from ‘OneLove nations’


EXCLUSIVE: FIFA are but to make use of a referee from a ‘OneLove’ nation on the World Cup, sparking accusations that officers are being snubbed… with Premier League pair Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor amongst these nonetheless ready for first assignments

  • Controversy surrounding the OneLove armbands have been rife in current weeks
  • Various European sides had put ahead the concept to put on the sleeve in Qatar 
  • However, FIFA issued a ban over captains carrying the rainbow sleeve in matches 
  • They’ve now been accused of snubbing referees from these nations 
  • Premier League duo Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor are but to officiate
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

FIFA haven’t used one referee from a ‘OneLove nation’ at this World Cup, sparking accusations that officers together with Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor are being snubbed.

The highly-rated Premier League pair are amongst these nonetheless awaiting their first assignments, with Germany’s Daniel Siebert and Danny Makkelie of Hollaned additionally but to officiate a recreation.

Seven nations put their names to final week’s assertion in regards to the banned OneLove armband. The associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands collectively criticised FIFA for threatening their captains with sporting sanctions on the eve of the match.

All seven nations backed down from plans to put on the armbands, which embrace a rainbow design and promote anti-discrimination.

Sources have informed Sportsmail that FIFA sidelining Oliver, Taylor, Makkelie and Siebert to this point has raised eyebrows in refereeing circles. None of them have even been assigned fourth-official duties in Qatar.

Sportsmail requested FIFA on Thursday why they’d been missed and soccer’s world governing physique responded that Siebert would oversee Tunisia vs Australia on Saturday.

Premier League referee Michael Oliver is but to be assigned a fixture in the course of the World Cup

Issues around the OneLove armband (pictured on Harry Kane) continue to ripple around Doha

Points across the OneLove armband (pictured on Harry Kane) proceed to ripple round Doha

France's Stephanie Frappart (right) was the fourth official for Portugal's clash with Ghana

France’s Stephanie Frappart (proper) was the fourth official for Portugal’s conflict with Ghana

The weekend assignments had not been confirmed on Thursday night time, but it surely seems Oliver, Taylor and Makkelie, the Dutchman who oversaw England’s Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark, should proceed to attend for his or her first fixtures.

Likewise, no feminine officers have but refereed a World Cup recreation, however France’s Stephanie Frappart and Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga have acted as fourth officers. 

Frappart turned the primary feminine official to work at a males’s World Cup in Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Poland on Tuesday, and Mukansanga was assigned France’s 4-1 win over Australia later the identical day.

Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita will probably be fourth official for England’s second group recreation towards the USA on Friday night time.

Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA’s refereeing committee, insisted final week that feminine officers could be put ahead for all matches together with these of Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Anthony Taylor is another English official who is yet to feature in a World Cup match this year

Anthony Taylor is one other English official who’s but to characteristic in a World Cup match this 12 months

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