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Seven European World Cup captains ditch One Love arm band beneath Fifa strain

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Soccer – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Preview, Doha, Qatar – November 18, 2022 Followers take photos with the FIFA World Cup brand on the Corniche Promenade forward of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

DOHA—The captains of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark won’t put on “OneLove” armbands after FIFA made it clear they might be booked, the associations mentioned in a joint assertion on Monday.

“You don’t need the captain to start out the match with a yellow card. That’s the reason it’s with a heavy coronary heart that we as a UEFA working group … and as a staff needed to resolve to desert our plan,” the Dutch soccer affiliation KNVB mentioned in a press release.

The KNVB mentioned FIFA had made it clear solely hours earlier than kick-off of their opening match in opposition to Senegal on Monday that captain Virgil van Dijk would get a yellow card if he walked on the pitch sporting the armband as deliberate.

The KNVB mentioned it was “deeply disillusioned” in FIFA’s stance and wouldn’t let it cross unnoticed.

“That is fully in opposition to the spirit of our sport, which unites thousands and thousands of individuals,” the KNVB mentioned in a press release.

“Along with different international locations concerned we’ll critically have a look at our relation with FIFA.”

The armband had been designed to convey a message “in opposition to any type of discrimination”, the Dutch FA mentioned.

In line with FIFA guidelines, staff tools should not have any political, non secular or private slogans, statements or photographs, and through FIFA Remaining Competitions, the captain of every staff “should put on the captain’s armband offered by FIFA”.

Wales mentioned the international locations concerned had been ready to pay fines that will usually apply to breaches of package rules, however sporting sanctions had been a step too far.

“As nationwide federations, we will’t put our gamers ready the place they may face sporting sanctions together with bookings, so we’ve requested the captains to not try to put on the armbands in FIFA World Cup video games.”


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