Denmark, England discussing quitting FIFA over 'OneLove' campaign controversy

for Tv47 Digital November 24, 2022, 12:17 PM
Harry Kane
England Captain Harry Kane wearing the One Love Armband. PHOTO /FILE

In Summary

  • Danish FA chairman Jesper Moller says that talks are likely to be held with all 55 European FIFA members to see if anyone would be willing to take collective action.

  • "It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a long time," he says

Denmark and England are holding discussions to explore exit options from FIFA over how the international football governing body handled the 'OneLove' armband campaign in Qatar.

Danish FA chairman Jesper Moller says that talks are likely to be held with all 55 European FIFA members to see if anyone would be willing to take collective action.

"It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a long time. We have been discussing it in the Nordic region since August. I’ve thought it again. I imagine that there may be challenges if Denmark leaves on its own. But let us see if we cannot have a dialogue on things.

"I have to think about the question of how to restore confidence in FIFA. We must evaluate what has happened, and then we must create a strategy – also with our Nordic colleagues," Moller said.

On the eve of England match against Iran, FIFA threatened to issue an immediate yellow card to captains who wore the OneLove armband.

The decision prompted England, Denmark, Wales, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to backed down from the armband campaign for fear of sporting repercussions.

On Wednesday, the Germany Football Association (DFB) claimed that England and other teams were faced with 'extreme blackmail' or 'massive sanctions' that led to them dropping the gesture.

Meanwhile, Denmark has said that it will no longer be an alliance of the current FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

"There are presidential elections in FIFA. There are 211 countries in FIFA and I understand that the current president has statements of support from 207 countries. Denmark is not among those countries. And we're not going to be either," Moller added.

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