The 2022 World Cup scandal over FIFA’s ban on the use of captain’s armbands in support of sexual minorities will take on new dimensions.
Seven of the European teams planned to use the ‘One Love’ strips at the World Cup in Qatar, but were threatened by soccer’s world power that they would be subject to sporting sanctions without specifying exactly what they were. As a result, England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Wales and Switzerland abandoned their original intention.
Now the president of the Danish Football Union (DBU), Jesper Møller, has announced that he is starting talks with the remaining 55 UEFA members about a group exit from FIFA.
“This is not a decision that is spontaneous. We have been specifying such a step for a long time. Since August, we have been holding talks in this direction. I think this is the only way to show that FIFA has lost our trust. We need to build the right strategy to be successful in our endeavour,” Moeller stated.
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As is well known, Germany’s largest newspaper Bild yesterday called for the country’s national team to pull out of the 2022 World Cup in protest at FIFA’s pressure on the captain’s armbands. According to the publication, the German Football Association (DFB) did not react with sufficient firmness to defend its position in support of the LGBT community.
Before their loss to Japan with 1:2, the players of the “Manshaft” demonstratively posed with their mouths closed. German Foreign Minister Nancy Faeser also protested against the imposed censorship and sat next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the stadium wearing a “One Love” banner.