A threat and a return. Seven major European UEFA teams announced this Monday the surrender of their captains using the multicolored ‘One Love’ bracelet in World Cup matches in Qatar, given that they would be booked with the risk of being suspended for accumulation during the dispute of the ecumenical event in Doha.
It concerns England, Wales, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerlandwhich has demonstrated at all times in favor of including different groups in football, such as LGTBI.
The football federations of those countries have released a statement saying they will ask their players not to wear rainbow armbands, as they believe they could receive yellow cards and “affect their matches”.
“FIFA has been very clear in guaranteeing that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear armbands (One Love, in support of the LGTBI collective) on the pitch,” the federations’ joint statement read.
“As national associations, we cannot put players in a position to receive sporting penalties, including yellow cards, so we have asked captains not to wear this armband during World Cup matches.” to complete.
“Although we are prepared to pay fines, as is normally the case when a dress rule is broken and we have a strong armband wearing commitment, even so we cannot put our players in a situation where they can see a card or even be forced to to leave the field”highlight the text.
Finally, the federations have admitted that they feel “very frustrated” with FIFA’s decision, and they believe it “Without precedents”.
“We wrote to FIFA last September informing them of our wish to wear the ‘One Love’ bracelet to support inclusion in football and have received no response.”they assured.
Finally they found: “Our players and our coaches are really disappointed. They are big supporters of inclusion and will show their support in other ways.”.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantinolast Saturday he openly supported the decisions of Qatar regarding restrictive measures against the LGTBI collective, when he tried “hypocrites” to leaders and the media “Western”.