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The teams want to set an example with the One-Love captain’s armband. However, FIFA apparently thwarts the plan of Germany and Manuel Neuer.

Update from November 21, 11:10 am: The DFB and the other European nations are apparently giving in to FIFA and will not wear the one love armband as a sign of diversity. That reports the picture.

Accordingly, the world association has once again made it clear in discussions that there are sporting consequences if the bandage is worn. The teams apparently fear not only a yellow card for their captain but also point deductions. Accordingly, Manuel Neuer wears a different bandage against Japan.

Manuel Neuer with the One Love bandage. © Markus Ulmer / Ulmer / Imago Images

“One Love” captain’s armband: Germany and its comrades-in-arms give way

British reporter Rob Harris tweeted a statement from the teams who wanted to wear the One Love armband on Monday morning. The message was therefore jointly written by Germany, England, Wales, Holland, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland.

“Fifa has made it very clear that if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch, they will impose sporting sanctions. As national federations, we cannot put our players in a position where they face sporting sanctions such as bans, so we have asked our captains not to wear the armband in FIFA World Cup matches.” They were willing to pay fines . However, one cannot put the players in the situation where they are cautioned with yellow or even have to leave the field.

“We are very frustrated with FIFA’s decision, which we believe is unprecedented. We wrote to FIFA in September of our desire to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football and have received no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong advocates of inclusion and will show their support in other ways.”

“One Love” captain’s armband: DFB buckles – President Neuendorf sharply condemns FIFA decision

“We are witnessing an unprecedented event in World Cup history. We will not carry out the confrontation brought about by FIFA on the back of Manuel Neuer,” said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf in a statement. “The fact that FIFA wants to punish us on the pitch is unique and goes against the spirit of sport, which unites millions,” said the Dutch association KNVB.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf had already spoken about differences of opinion with FIFA on Sunday, but also said: “We said we would stick to the fact that we would run out with the bandage. We kept telling FIFA well in advance that we wanted to wear this bandage, but FIFA didn’t react to that.” After consultations on Monday, the associations changed their minds.

FIFA bans ‘One Love’ captain’s armband – fan organization furious

The fan organization “Football Supporters Europe” sharply criticized the process. “Today we feel contempt for an organization that has proven its true values ​​by showing players yellow cards and tolerance a red card,” tweeted FSE.

FIFA only presented its own new captain’s armbands on Friday – two days before the opening game. “The participating teams will have the opportunity to send messages during the games via the team captains’ armbands,” said the world association. Teams can now wear a “No Discrimination” armband throughout the tournament instead of just the quarterfinals as previously planned. According to the announcement, FIFA devised the messages together with three United Nations organizations.

First report from November 20th: Munich / Qatar – It was considered a foregone conclusion that captains of some European countries in the World Cup 2022 will appear in Qatar with the “One Love” armband on their arm. It is intended to set an example for tolerance and self-determination as well as against discrimination in general. But now it seems FIFA wanting to make last-minute concessions to hosts Qatar in this area as well. At the last minute, the world association creates a competition campaign and could even enforce it with bans on the captains.

Bierhoff: “Seems as if FIFA doesn’t have a clear stance”

A day before the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador (Group A), FIFA presented a planned presentation of social campaigns in cooperation with United Nations organizations. The messages are supposed to be transported by means of an imprint on the captain’s armbands. The teams from Germany, Denmark and England, among others, wanted to use this to send their own signal using the “One Love” armband.

FIFA’s initiative, which plans to offer a different social organization a stage on the bandage every match day, would hardly cause criticism in a vacuum. Due to the short-term nature of the announcement in connection with Qatar’s negative attitude towards the “One Love” bandage, however, the suspicion arises that FIFA boss Gianni Infantino caves in again in front of the host country. The DFB managing director makes a similar statement Oliver Bierhoff. “Of course the short-term nature is surprising, it seems as if FIFA does not have a clear stance.”

DFB accepts financial penalties and wants to consult with other nations

What is certain is that according to the statues of the world association, it is regulated that it may dictate to the teams which captain’s armband they must wear. In the event of an infringement, the associations face a fine, which they would probably be willing to pay. Bernd Neuendorf, DFB President, emphasizes that the “One Love” bandage is “not a political statement, but a statement for human rights”.

DFB captain Manuel Neuer in the friendly against Oman with
DFB captain Manuel Neuer in the friendly against Oman with “One Love” captain’s armband. © IMAGO/ULMER/Markus Ulmer

The DFB captain also obliges Manuel Neuerwho would end up wearing the pad. “I think it’s good that we can make a statement together (with the other nations, ed.)” and promises: “We will try to enforce and represent it.” Bierhoff also continues to rely on the common sign and wants to “Vote with the other nations because it is important that it is the voice of several nations, not just one.”

No agreement was reached during a meeting between the working group of the European Football Union UEFA and FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura on Sunday. “We said we’ll stick to it, that we’ll run up with the bandage,” said DFB-President Neuendorf then in the ZDF interview. So there was no agreement. “We kept telling FIFA well in advance that we wanted to wear this bandage, but FIFA didn’t react to it,” said Neuendorf.

Failure to do so could result in captains being banned

By making the captain’s armbands official equipment for players by FIFA, non-compliance with the requirements could not only result in a financial penalty for the associations. If a player does not wear the prescribed clothing within the framework of the regulations, this can be penalized by the referee with a yellow card. In concrete terms, this means that every captain who comes up with a “One Love” armband could receive a warning right at the beginning of the game.

If a player collects the yellow card for the second time during the tournament, he is banned for the following game. In Manuel Neuer’s case, that would mean he wasn’t allowed to play in the last group game against Costa Rica. According to information from picture the DFB consults on how to deal with it when FIFA asks the referees to implement the regulations with full force. With France, one team, in contrast to the other European representatives, has already announced don’t run up with the “One Love” bandage.

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