- Denmark was one of seven countries planning to wear a OneLove bracelet during the World Cup matches
- FIFA threatened to punish any country protesting Qatar’s human rights record with the rainbow colored bracelets
- The Danish Football Association has since confirmed that they are considering withdrawing from FIFA
The fallout from FIFA’s decision to ban the use of the OneLove bracelet continues.
Germany protested the issue ahead of their matches against Japan, and Denmark also wants to take action.
As reported by Football365Denmark, along with other countries, is considering withdrawing from the governing body of world football.
Why is Denmark unhappy?
Denmark was among the seven countries planning to wear the OneLove bracelets, which represent anti-discrimination.
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However, on the eve of the tournament, FIFA announced that it would show yellow cards to the teams’ captains if they wore the armband.
All seven countries abstained from wearing the bracelets, but Germany did take some action.
What did Germany do?
As reported by The mirrorGerman players blocked their mouths during the team photo, explaining that banning the armbands by FIFA was equivalent to being silenced.
The German Football Association also announced that it would take FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a result of the ban.
Denmark’s position on this
The Danish Football Association (DBU) discussed the penalty that FIFA could impose and what they thought of it.
DBU CEO Jakob Jensen said FIFA explained to them that the ‘minimum’ penalty was for the captain to receive a yellow card, but captains could also receive a suspension.
The DBU has now stated that they will not formally support Gianni Infantino’s FIFA presidential re-election bid. They also considered leaving FIFA after talking to the other member states.
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“It’s not a decision that has been made now. We’ve been clear about that for a long time. We’ve been discussing it in the Nordic region since August,” Jensen said.
While Jensen admitted there would be challenges if Denmark left FIFA alone, he believes there needs to be a dialogue about the way forward.
FIFA’s ban doesn’t just extend to armbands, it also banned Belgium from using their warm-up kit because it was too colourful.
Fans will also not be allowed into stadiums if they are wearing rainbow-colored clothing.
Germany protests against FIFA bracelet ban
The German national team has taken a stand against FIFA by posing with their mouths covered during the team photo.
Football’s governing body banned teams from using the OneLove armbands during the match and threatened them with sanctions if they did.
Sports short reported that teams such as Germany, England and Denmark were just a few of the parties planning to wear the armbands to protest against discrimination.