Worked today? Don’t worry, below you will find everything you missed today at the World Cup. The game between the United States and Wales is also scheduled for tonight at 8 pm, while the Netherlands and Senegal are both currently looking for a win.
Valerie Van Avermaet
1. The fuss around the OneLove bracelets
FIFA has not given permission to wear the OneLove captain’s armband and has stated that sporting sanctions will follow if a captain nevertheless appears on the field with the armband. A decision that caused controversy.
At England it was decided that captain Harry Kane was not allowed to wear his OneLove bracelet. It was also decided in the Netherlands that Virgil van Dijk should leave the jewel in his closet. A little later, Belgium also followed suit.
Eventually, a statement was leaked in which several countries bowed to FIFA’s threats. “There is a risk for our captain, and you don’t take that risk”, were the words of Paul Van den Bulck, president of the Belgian football association. Youri Tielemans called it “a mortal sin”.
2. Big win for England
Vice European champion England started the tournament with a big win. Iran went 6-2 against the quick English. Bellingham, Saka (2x), Sterling, Rashford and Grealish scored the goals. In Iran, Taremi provided the honor saver.
3. Lukaku will definitely stay with the Devils
The tension arc was not so great anymore, but it is now completely certain. The recovering Romelu Lukaku remains in Qatar with the Red Devils. Tomorrow the last 24 hours will start for the first World Cup match against Canada. Until then, each team has the option to replace an injured player with a player from the reserve list.
4. Portugal lives “in peace” to the first game
Wolverhampton Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves denies Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview about Manchester United is a dressing room item. In addition to Ronaldo, two players from Man United play in the Portuguese national team: Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Costa. “There is no controversy in the locker room,” said Neves.
5. Chaos from ticketing
A technical glitch in the FIFA Ticket App caused chaos around the Khalifa International Stadium in Al-Rayyan before the start of the World Cup match between England and Iran. Many England fans discovered before kick-off that their electronic tickets had suddenly disappeared from their mobile phones, preventing them from entering the stadium. The world football association quickly acknowledged the problem and responded in a short statement. “Some spectators experienced a problem accessing their tickets in the FIFA Ticketing App,” it said affirmatively.
FIFA was only able to solve the problem when they could send the QR codes of the tickets by email. That way, the fans could show the code at the access control. Until then, many seats in the stadium remained empty. With much delay, the long queues at the entrance were cleared and all ticket holders found a place in the stadium.