DOHA—England, Wales, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark captains will not wear the “OneLove” armbands after FIFA has made it clear they will be penalized.
You don’t want the captain to start the game with a yellow card. As the UEFA working group, we regret this… and we as a team had to decide to abandon our plan,” Dutch football federation KNVB said in a statement.
Just hours before FIFA’s opening match against Senegal kicks off on Monday, the KNVB said it became clear that captain Virgil van Dijk would receive a yellow card if he walked on the pitch with his armband as planned.
The KNVB said it was “deeply disappointed” at FIFA’s stance and would not let it go unnoticed.
“This goes completely against the spirit of our sport, which unites millions of people,” the KNVB said in a statement.
“We will critically review our relationship with FIFA, along with other interested countries,” he said.
The Dutch Football Association said the armband was designed to convey a message “against all forms of discrimination”.
According to FIFA rules, team equipment must not contain political, religious or personal slogans, expressions or images, and during FIFA Final Competitions, each team’s captain must “wear the FIFA-provided captain’s armband”.
Wales said the countries involved were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to violations of jersey regulations, but sporting sanctions are a step too far.
“As national federations, we cannot put our players in a position where they can face sporting sanctions, including penalties, so we asked captains not to try to wear law enforcement during FIFA World Cup matches.”
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