DOHA—The captains of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark will not wear the “OneLove” captain’s armband after FIFA made it clear they would be booked, the associations said. in a joint statement on Monday.
“You don’t want the captain to start the game with a yellow card. That is why we as a UEFA working group… and as a team had to decide to abandon our plans with a heavy heart,” the Dutch football association said. KNVB said in a statement.
KNVB says FIFA made it clear just hours before kick-off against Senegal on Monday that captain Virgil van Dijk would receive a yellow card if he wore the armband as scheduled.
The KNVB said it was “deeply disappointed” by FIFA’s stance and would not condone it.
“This is completely against the spirit of our sport, which unites millions of people,” KNVB said in a statement.
“Along with other countries involved, we will take our relationship with FIFA seriously.”
The Dutch Football Federation said the captain’s armband was designed to convey a message “against all forms of discrimination”.
According to FIFA regulations, team equipment must not contain any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images, and during FIFA Finals, the captain of each team “must wear the headband.” captain issued by FIFA”.
Wales said the countries involved were ready to pay the fines normally imposed for dress code violations, but sport sanctions went too far.
“As a national federation, we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including penalty cards, so we have asked teams to The captain doesn’t try to wear the captain’s armband during FIFA World Cup matches.”
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