Danish Football Association to not support FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in re-election over OneLove armband spat
FIFA World Cup 2022: Danish Football Association said that it would not support FIFA president Gianni Infantino in re-election after the world football governing body threatened federations for wearing 'OneLove' armband.
- FIFA threatened federations with yellow cards to players
- Danish FA president was angered by FIFA's actions
- Same-sex relations are illegal and punishable in Qatar
By India Today Web Desk: The Danish Football Association said that it would not support FIFA president Gianni Infantino in re-election after the world football governing body threatened federations for wearing 'OneLove' armband at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
FIFA threatened the federations, saying that players wearing 'OneLove' armband would get a yellow card at the ongoing tournament.
Danish FA president Jesper Moeller stated that he was angered by FIFA's actions and that Denmark would not support Infantino in next year's election.
"There is only one candidate, and we will have to see if there is another candidate, there is still time, but Denmark will not be supporting the current president," Moeller said.
"This situation is quite extraordinary. I am not just disappointed, I am angry. This is my seventh finals... It is that the players have to be exposed to this is completely unacceptable. We have to respond to it."
Meanwhile, Danish FA's CEO Jakob Jensen revealed the communication the federation had with FIFA, and said that they had told the world football body that they intended to wear the armband in support of diversity.
It is to be noted that same-sex relations are illegal and punishable in Qatar, the hosts of the World Cup 2022.
"I think if you listen to the speech that Infantino gave in his press conference, there was a lot of words, and if you listen in between those words, you could also hear him addressing the very critique that we have been voicing for years," Jensen said.
The Danish Football Association has been facing stark criticism for not being able to instruct their captain Simon Kjaer to wear 'OneLove'armband and accept whatever sanctions come their way.
"We are now getting hammered the most, but I think the hammering should be on FIFA for not allowing what is a very simple message," Jensen said.