World Cup: German FA takes FIFA to Court of Arbitration for Sport over One Love band ban |  Football news

World Cup: German FA takes FIFA to Court of Arbitration for Sport over One Love band ban | Football news

The German Football Association is taking FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the ban on players from wearing One Love bracelets during the World Cup in Qatar.

The DFB has ordered German captain Manuel Never not to wear the rainbow bracelet during Wednesday’s opening game against Japan.

They had been warned by FIFA that they would face “massive” sporting sanctions if they broke tournament rules by making their captain wear the armband that promotes diversity and inclusion.

A swift decision from CAS against the validity of the suspension could mean Neuer will be allowed to wear the armband for Germany’s second group stage match against Spain on Sunday.

A special ad hoc section of CAS set up for this World Cup aims to make a decision within 48 hours of receiving an application.

The DFB lost one of its commercial partners on Tuesday when German supermarket chain REWE terminated its sponsorship deal over the bracelet dispute.

REWE CEO Lionel Souque said: “We stand for diversity and football is diversity. FIFA’s outrageous behavior is absolutely unacceptable to me as CEO of a diverse company and as a football fan.”

The news came after the DFB said teams planning to wear the OneLove bracelet during their matches were subjected to “extreme blackmail”.

That is what the media director of the DFB, Steffen Simon, said German funk radio that England, who were the first team to intend to wear it, had been threatened with multiple sporting sanctions.

“The tournament director went to the England team and spoke about multiple rule violations and threatened massive sporting sanctions without specifying what these would be,” he said.

Simon, who did not say whether his reference to the tournament director was referring to Qatari organizers or FIFA, said the other six countries then decided to “show solidarity” with England and not carry it.

“We lost the bracelet and it is very painful, but we are the same people as before with the same values. We are not impostors who claim to have values ​​and then betray them,” he said.

“We were in an extreme situation, in an extreme blackmail and we thought we had to make that decision without wanting to.”

FA and FAW maintain plans for LGBTQ+ support in Qatar

The FA and FAW have not abandoned plans to show support for the LGBTQ+ community at the World Cup in Qatar, despite backing out of their dispute with FIFA over the OneLove bracelet.

High-level discussions continued until a few hours before kick-off of England’s opening game against Iran, before the FA conceded defeat and ruled that Harry Kane should not wear the heart-shaped rainbow-coloured logo.

FIFA threatened “sports sanctions” if Kane or any of the other seven European countries involved wore the armband.

Article 13.8.1 of the FIFA equipment rules states: “For FIFA final competitions, the captain of each team must wear the captain’s armband issued by FIFA.”

Sky Sports News was told FIFA officials were adamant that wearing the OneLove armband would be an outright breach of the rules, and if allowed it would set a precedent for other countries to broadcast any political message they wished. to wear the bracelet.

Furthermore, despite reports suggesting that Kane may have been booked for wearing a non-FIFA armband, Sky Sports News understands that in reality the sanction could have been much harsher – possibly a one match suspension.

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Gareth Southgate says the England team was not distracted by the decision not to wear the OneLove bracelet, but insists ‘people know what we stand for’

FIFA described itself as an “inclusive organisation” when contacted by Sky Sports News, while President Gianni Infantino reiterated his support for the LGBTQI+ community at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“I have spoken to the top leadership of the country on this subject,” Infantino said.

“They have confirmed, and I can confirm that everyone is welcome. If anyone says the opposite, it is not the opinion of the country and certainly not the opinion of FIFA.”

But FA officials have been known to be furious with the late decision on whether to wear the OneLove bracelet or not, embarrassing them after they promised to wear the bracelet regardless of the punishment that came their way.

If a financial penalty had been threatened, the FA was prepared to accept it. But on Monday, they felt it was unfair to risk Kane’s involvement in the tournament, to keep their promise and take a stand.

Suggestions have been made, perhaps Gareth Southgate could wear the OneLove bracelet on the sidelines for the next game against the US, even though it would likely be re-approved by FIFA.

Another option could be for Kane, or other England players, to wear the armband during training, in front of the cameras.

There is no comment from the FA on any of these possibilities.

The FAW felt cornered by FIFA on Monday after it, like England, had made it very clear since September that the Wales captain would wear the OneLove armband at the World Cup.

Following Monday’s dramatic 1-1 draw with the US in their opening game, the FAW plans to hold discussions on how to send and display another message to replace the OneLove idea. However, nothing has been definitively decided yet.

The FAW remains deeply disappointed and frustrated by FIFA’s belated intervention on the bracelet.

FIFA has confirmed that the No Discrimination campaign has been brought forward from the scheduled quarter-finals, giving all 32 captains the opportunity to wear this armband throughout the tournament.

“FIFA deliberately ignores request to avoid two months of criticism”

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Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett and Kaveh Solhekol explain Harry Kane could have risked a suspension if he chose to wear the OneLove bracelet in the match against Iran

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett speaking on the Sky Sports World Cup podcast:

“It’s still going to be a big story from here, we’re going to talk about the political situation around this World Cup as much as about football, let’s be honest.

“The English FA, the Welsh FA and all the other FAs from the other European countries went to FIFA with this and wrote to them over two months ago. It was September when they first came up with the idea and FIFA did not respond.

“FIFA has been heavily criticized for that and has put it off to the last minute. FIFA came back to England, Wales and the other countries yesterday (Monday) to say they couldn’t do it.

“I understand that FIFA did that on purpose, because if they had rejected the request two months ago, FIFA would have taken quite a beating over the next two months from various groups of supporters who felt it wasn’t fair and that it so it was.” And FIFA would hide behind the rules and say ‘the rules are there, read them’.

“The FA won’t accept that and I don’t think either of them will get out of this situation without justifiable criticism.”

Kane: Decision was taken out of my hands

Harry Kane wears the No Discrimination armband during England's clash with Iran

England captain Harry Kane reiterated that he and his teammates will continue to take a stand, but acknowledged that the final decision in the matter was not his.

“We are disappointed. We wanted to wear it, that decision was taken out of my hands. I came to the stadium with the armband I was wearing and I was told to wear it.

“Look, we as players have no control over it. I’m sure the FA and FIFA will continue those discussions, but the most important thing is that we focused on the game today and got a great result.

“You have seen that we have taken a stand as a team in the last five years and we will continue to do so as much as possible. We also got down on our knees today, but sometimes these decisions are not up to us.” And that’s the bottom line.”

‘FIFA has failed Wales; the Welsh FA are angry’

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Sky Sports News’ Geraint Hughes reports that Wales were ‘angry and annoyed’ at not being allowed to wear the OneLove bracelet at the World Cup

Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes speaking on the Sky Sports World Cup podcast:

“The FAW are furious. They are really not happy. They have made it very clear that they wanted to wear the OneLove bracelet and have been trying for two months to get an answer from FIFA whether they can legally wear it.

“They thought the rules, like everyone else, meant they would be fined. They had no idea about the possibility of a yellow card or even the possibility of FIFA’s disciplinary committee imposing a one-match suspension.

“It all happened on the morning of the games, especially for both England and Wales. They’re really quite angry, annoyed – and it’s not just the senior executives, it’s all of FAW. FIFA has let them down. “

Van Dijk on bracelet: I couldn’t risk a booking

Statement versus discrimination: Virgil VAN DIJK (NED) wears a bracelet under his jersey, captain's armband with the inscription NO DISCRIMINATION.  Protest.  Match 2, Group A Senegal (SEN) - Netherlands (NED) 0-2 on 21/11/2022 at Al Thumama Stadium.  20122 FIFA World Cup in Qatar from 20.11.  - 18.12.2022 ?  Photo by: Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Virgil van Dijk has hit back at claims that the Netherlands and other countries are spineless in the anti-discrimination bracelet controversy.

That says the Dutch skipper Van Dijk to the Dutch broadcaster NOS: “I play in a position where a yellow card is not useful. I became a football player and I want to play these kinds of tournaments.

“There are people who say we have no backbone, but it doesn’t work that way,” the Liverpool defender added.

“We just want to play football. I would have loved to play with that band, but not at the expense of a yellow card.”

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