The Danish Football Association is considering leaving FIFA
FIFA’s actions in the case of the “One Love” connection caused outrage, especially among the European teams. Denmark is apparently considering leaving the world federation. The Danish director tells how FIFA forced the teams to go without a draw.
DThe fight over the FIFA-banned ‘One Love’ bracelets never ends. Besides the DFB, six other European federations had succumbed to Fifa pressure – all of them refrained from sending their captains onto the field in the colorful bandages. In the first World Cup appearance against Japan (1: 2), DFB captain Manuel Neuer wore the mandatory FIFA armband, as a gesture the players covered their mouths for the team photo before kick-off.
But what about a real counter-attack by the World Cup participants against the arbitrary rules of FIFA and their boss Gianni Infantino? The answer could be given by the Danish federation: Apparently the DBU is ready to leave the world federation.
There were considerations about this long before the start of the World Cup, reports ‘The Athletic’. Accordingly, association boss Jesper Möller explained: “This is not a decision we have made now. Our position has long been clear. We have been discussing this in the North since August.”
Current events would have made him think. Möller: “I have thought about it again. I can imagine challenges could arise if Denmark goes it alone. But let’s see if we can’t have a dialogue about things. I have to think about how to restore confidence in FIFA. We need to evaluate what happened and then we need to develop a strategy – also with our Scandinavian colleagues.”
Will Denmark and other countries really leave Fifa? The press conference convened at short notice on Wednesday also showed that the Danish federation is not averse to open confrontation with FIFA. Jakob Jensen, director of the DBU, revealed how FIFA had put pressure on the unions.
“On November 21, FIFA requested an emergency meeting to discuss the matter. FIFA came to the England team hotel and made it clear here that sporting sanctions would follow if anyone wore the bandage. And they said there was at least one yellow card,” said Jensen. In plain language: there were even heavier penalties than just yellow cards in the room.
Fifa’s methods ‘unacceptable’
Former national striker Möller called FIFA’s methods “unacceptable”. He added: “We firmly distance ourselves from FIFA’s methods. The fact that we didn’t get a clear answer about the possible penalties says enough.”
The DBU draws the first conclusions: in the course of the scandalous actions of the FIFA President, the association no longer wants to support Infantino. The association hopes to find an alternative candidate for the Swiss by the re-election in March 2023, although the application deadline expired last Wednesday, according to FIFA.
“There is only one candidate and we have to see if there is another candidate. Because there is still some time,” said DBU boss Möller. One thing is clear: “Denmark will not support the current president. We have to react now. And we feel that we really have to. It is very reprehensible what the happened lately.”