Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

The seven countries banned by FIFA from wearing ‘OneLove’ strips during the World Cup in Qatar are jointly considering their legal options, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said on Wednesday.

World soccer body FIFA has threatened to fine any player who wears the armband, which was introduced to support diversity and inclusion.

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England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark said they had dropped their plans to wear the armband as a result.

Instead, German players put their hands over their mouths in symbolic protest during a team photo ahead of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by Japan.

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The KNVB, however, said the seven nations would not take the dispute to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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“All seven countries whose captains would play with the ‘OneLove’ captain’s armband have jointly decided not to approach CAS at this time,” the KNVB said.

“However, we are jointly reviewing our legal position. We remain 100 percent behind ‘OneLove’ and its message… Therefore, we continue the ‘OneLove’ campaign, at home and abroad.

‚ÄúPreviously, the captains of the Netherlands and nine other countries played with the ‘OneLove’ armband during Nations League matches. They fall under (European football body) UEFA and it hasn’t caused any problems.”

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Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and tournament organizers in that country warned visitors against public displays of affection.

But they also said that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or background, is welcome to the event, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East.