The head of the Danish Football Union noted that a potential exit from FIFA has been discussed in the country since August.
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The Danish Football Union is ready to discuss the possibility of withdrawing from FIFA amid the scandal over the ban on the captain’s armbands in support of LGBT people at the World Cup. About it declared the head of the organization, Jesper Meller, quoted by The Athletic.
Earlier, FIFA banned the wearing of captain armbands with the inscription “One Love” at the matches of the tournament in Qatar. Meller said the decision “caused anger” from the Danish Football Association.
“This decision [о возможном выходе из ФИФА] not accepted now. We have known this for a long time. We have been discussing this in the Scandinavian region since August,” Meller said. “I thought about it again. I assume that there may be problems if Denmark leaves on its own. But let’s see if we can make a dialogue. I have to think about how to restore confidence in FIFA. We have to assess what has happened and then we have to develop a strategy – including with our Scandinavian colleagues.”
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According to Moeller, Denmark will not support incumbent FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the upcoming elections. “FIFA is made up of 211 countries and I understand that the current president has statements of support from 207 countries. Denmark is not among them,” Meller added.
Infantino will be the only candidate in the elections for the head of FIFA, which will be held next March in Kigali (Rwanda).
Previously, seven European teams (England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark) were going to use the captain’s armband with the inscription One Love in the matches of the tournament, however, as the Telegraph reported, they were threatened with yellow cards for this. As a result, all seven teams abandoned this idea, but threatened to “take a critical look at their relationship with FIFA.”
Following its ban, FIFA decided to extend the anti-discrimination campaign to all World Cup matches in Qatar. Initially, it was assumed that armbands with the inscription No Discrimination would be worn by the captains of the national teams, starting from the quarter-finals.