The Danish Football Association is considering leaving FIFA
FIFA’s action on the “One Love” bandage caused outrage, particularly among European teams. Denmark is apparently considering leaving the world association. The head of the Danish association tells how Fifa forced teams to do without a draw.
Dthe row over “One Love” tapes banned by FIFA never ends. Apart from the DFB, six other European associations bowed to FIFA pressure – all refraining from sending their captains onto the pitch wearing colored armbands. In his first appearance at the World Cup against Japan (1-2), DFB captain Manuel Neuer wore the mandatory FIFA armband, as a gesture the players covered their mouths for a team photo before kick-off.
But what about the real backlash from the World Cup participants against the arbitrary rules of FIFA and their boss Gianni Infantino? The answer could be given by the Danish association: DBU is apparently ready to leave the world association.
There was speculation about this long before the start of the World Cup, according to “The Athletic”. The head of the association, Jesper Möller, therefore explained: “This is not a decision we have made now. Our position has long been clear. We’ve been discussing this up north since August.”
Current events would make him think again. Möller: “I thought about it again. I can imagine that if Denmark went it alone there could be problems. But let’s see if we can have a dialogue about things. I have to think about how to restore confidence in Fifa. We have to assess what happened and then we have to develop a strategy – also with our Nordic colleagues.”
Will Denmark and other countries really leave FIFA? A press conference called briefly on Wednesday also showed that the Danish association is not above an open confrontation with FIFA. Jakob Jensen, director of the DBU, revealed how Fifa put pressure on the associations.
“On November 21, FIFA requested an urgent meeting to discuss the matter. Fifa came to the hotel of the England team and made it clear that if anyone wears a bandage, there will be sporting sanctions. And they said there was at least one yellow card,” Jensen said. Simply put: There were more severe punishments in the room than just yellow cards.
FIFA’s methods are ‘unacceptable’
Former national striker Möller described FIFA’s methods as “unacceptable”. He added: “We definitely distance ourselves from Fifa’s methods. The fact that we didn’t get a clear answer about possible penalties speaks for itself.”
DBU draws the first conclusions: In the course of the scandalous speeches of the FIFA president, the association no longer wants to support Infantino. The association hopes to find an alternative candidate for the Swiss for re-election in March 2023, although FIFA’s deadline for applications expired last Wednesday.
“There is only one candidate and we have to see if there is another candidate after all. Because there is still some time,” said DBU head Möller. One thing is clear: “Denmark will not support the current president. We have to react now. And we feel like we really have to. It is deeply reprehensible what happened recently.”