Soccer News: European countries set to challenge FIFA over armbands

    The captains of several top European nations are set to challenge FIFA and wear OneLove armbands at the World Cup.

    The OneLove campaign, which promotes “inclusiveness and is against discrimination of any kind,” took on a special significance ahead of the tournament in Qatar, a country where homosexuality is illegal.

    FIFA tried to change the narrative on Saturday – the day before the first game between the hosts and Ecuador – by launching a collection of armbands on a range of social issues with different themes for each stage, including “Save the Planet” and “Bring the Moves”.

    However, Danish Football Association director of football Peter Moller said that Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer will continue to support OneLove and stated that several UEFA teams support him.

    He said: “The plan is to take the field with the rainbow captain’s armband.

    “The intention has always been to play with an armband, as we played against Croatia and France in the League of Nations. We want to play with this headband.”

    Moller agreed that this could lead to FIFA sanctions on the DBU, but was happy to support the decision, adding: “Will we get a fine for this? I have no idea.

    “We could have been wiser when some of the other countries played before us.

    “Through dialogue with other federations, including England, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, we have decided to move in this direction.”

    Team manager Oliver Bierhoff says Germany has “taken a clear line on these issues”.

    He added: “We will definitely coordinate again with other countries, because it is also important that there is not only one voice from Germany, but also the voices of several countries from Europe.

    “And we assume that we can continue to wear the bandage.”

    Asked why FIFA is pushing for its own set of armbands, President Gianni Infantino said: “We have clear rules about armbands.

    “We conducted campaigns on various topics, the campaigns are universal. We need to find topics that everyone can stick to. This is an important element for us.”

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