Denmark, which plans to step down from world football’s governing body, is threatening a period of hell for Fifa as it is upset that its players cannot wear armbands to support the LGBT community.
The governing body warns it will penalize the captains of 7 European teams if they go ahead with the vote to wear the ‘One Love’ logo in violation of the rules.
Any player who violates FIFA’s armband-banding rule during the Qatar 2022 World Cup runs the risk of receiving a yellow card.
If they continue to wear the armband, they also run the risk of receiving a red card, which could result in their disqualification from the World Cup.
The countries involved in the plans to wear the armband thought they would only be fined and eventually agree to them wearing the armband.
But Fifa incorporated last-minute rules just before the start of the first match at the World Cup. The displays are a violation of FIFA rules.
Denmark’s position in the World Cup
Unwilling to take the risk, the seven nations have agreed to abandon their plans, but Denmark is making an international fuss about it.
Not only does it want to leave FIFA, but it is also in talks with other member countries in Europe to follow them in what could become an instantaneous collapse of football’s oldest international governing body.
The latest discussion that threatened to overshadow the World Cup was the stalemate over armband.
Qatar has imposed many rules for World Cup teams and its wish is that they do not display the armband.
Since gaining the right to host the World Cup in 2010, the conservative Muslim nation of Qatar has come under fire for its treatment of low-wage migrant workers and for criminalizing homosexuality.
The move to issue yellow cards to players wearing the disputed armband comes days after the Qatari government abruptly banned the sale of beer in stadiums.
It also came just days after FIFA President Gianni Infantino issued a dramatic appeal in defense of the host country’s human rights.
One of the main players in the bracelet protest is Harry Kane. Recently, she expressed her dissatisfaction with not being able to wear the One Love Armband.
As we know, the armband was allegedly worn by Welshman Gareth Bale and England’s Kane during matches to encourage diversity and inclusion. For Qatar it is a sign of respect for their culture not to wear the armband.
The Spurs star had to wear a Fifa armband instead
Kane said: “The decision was taken out of my hands. I’m disappointed.
“I showed up at the stadium with the armband I was wearing and was told I had to put it on.
Jesper Moller, the head of the Danish FA (DBU), said Denmark was considering leaving FIFA and was ready to negotiate with any of the 55 countries that make up UEFA, including England.
They are open to discussing a complete expulsion from global authority.
But leaving Fifa just for a band? It will be a tall order even if we can predict that Fifa will have difficulties after the end of the World Cup.
Here are more stories related to the FIFA World Cup.