Football World Cup: England, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands will not wear the “OneLove” armband in Qatar

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England, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Wales and Switzerland released a joint statement on Monday confirming that they will not be wearing the OneLove armband at the FIFA World Cup. FIFA in Qatar due to the “sporting sanctions” that world football’s governing body is threatening. .

FIFA has made it clear that all players wearing the proposed OneLove armband to promote diversity and inclusion will be reserved and a joint statement from seven football associations expressed their collective “frustration” with the stance.

“We are very frustrated with FIFA’s decision which we believe is unprecedented,” the statement read. “FIFA has been very clear that they will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch. We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and we We were firmly committed to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they could be warned or even forced to leave the field of play.”

England captain Harry Kane and Welsh skipper Gareth Bale were among those who planned to wear the armband at the World Cup and the governing bodies in question said they wrote to FIFA in September informing them of the OneLove armband which gave no response. England said they would take a knee at the start of their game against Iran, howeverand in all subsequent matches.

The OneLove campaign started with the Netherlands ahead of Euro 2020 as an anti-discrimination message – Qatar criminalizes same-sex relationships and even promotes them while FIFA President Gianni Infantino accused the West of ‘hypocrisy’ in reporting on Qatar’s human rights record in stunning tirade before the start of the World Cup.

FIFA has now launched its own ‘No Discrimination’ campaign which was only to come into effect from the quarter-finals and all captains will now be allowed to wear one of these armbands for the duration of the tournament.

The Football Supporters’ Association slammed FIFA’s decision and said it was “betrayed” by world football‘s governing body: “Today we feel contempt for an organization that has shown its true values ​​by giving the yellow card to the players and the red card to the tolerance”. .

“Never again should a World Cup be handed out solely on the basis of money and infrastructure,” they added. “No country that does not respect LGBT+ rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights or any other universal human right should have the honor of hosting a World Cup. It is amazing that on the morning of the opening of the World Cup in England, FIFA is censoring players and the nine national football associations who want to share a positive message.”

England, the Netherlands and Wales are all in action on Monday with the Three Lions taking on Iran at the start of kick-off before the Dutch take on Senegal and the Welsh side then attack the USMNT.

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