World Cup | FIFA sanctions threats against ‘One Love’ armband: Germany hints at ‘censorship’

FIFA and Gianni Infantino ended up imposing their views. This Monday, seven international federations finally gave up the wearing of the “One Love” armband by their captain during the World Cup in the face of threats of yellow card sanctions. A reluctant decision according to the Dutch federation KNVB, which was behind the initiative announced two months ago: “We deeply regret that it was not possible to jointly reach a reasonable solution“.

A few minutes later, Oliver Bierhoff, director of the German national team, went a little further in his proposals. “there is a lot of angerhe explained on the sidelines of German training before the match against Japan on Wednesday. It sounds a lot like censorship. The armband may be taken away from us, but we will continue to express our values“.

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Present at his side, DFB President Bernd Neuendorf made similar comments: “FIFA prohibits communication around diversity and human rights. From our point of view, it is more than frustrating and an unprecedented event.“. Relaunched on Manuel Neuer, the German captain who declared on Saturday “do not be afraid“possible sanctions, Bierhoff confirmed that the Mannschaft goalkeeper was”disappointed“.

The controversy has not finished reacting especially as certain absurd decisions call for this choice of FIFA. With Het Nieuwsblad, Peter Bossaert, the CEO of the Belgian Union, confirmed that the Red Devils will have to alter their 2nd shirt for this World Cup. The reason ? The presence of the word “love” in the collar of it. “It’s sad but FIFA leaves us no choice,” he regretted.

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