Denmark ready to discuss general withdrawal of UEFA nations from FIFA after armband dispute


Denmark has revealed that it is able to talk about a blanket withdrawal from FIFA alongside different UEFA nations amid the continuing dispute over the #OneLove armbands.

On Monday, seven European groups that had deliberate to put on the anti-discrimination armbands to protest Qatar’s human rights report withdrew from the plan after being threatened with sporting sanctions by FIFA.

Talking at a press convention on Wednesday morning, Danish Soccer Affiliation (DBU) CEO Jakob Jensen revealed {that a} yellow card was the “minimal” punishment captain Simon Kjaer would have confronted.

“On the twenty first of November, England requested an emergency assembly with FIFA, which got here to the English resort”, revealed Jensen. “FIFA mentioned it might at the very least give a yellow card.

“There was a dialogue about whether or not there’s a authorized foundation for giving a yellow card, however there’s. The penalty may have been a yellow card, that the captain didn’t enter the sphere or that he was banned”.

The DBU delegation revealed the “anger” this had prompted and said that they might not formally help incumbent President Gianni Infantino in his bid for re-election. Infantino is standing unopposed.

“There are presidential elections in FIFA. There are 211 international locations in FIFA and I perceive that the present president has statements of help from 207 international locations,” mentioned DBU president Jesper Moller. “Denmark will not be amongst these international locations. And neither will we.”

Moller additionally revealed that Denmark was contemplating leaving FIFA and was prepared to debate this with all 55 FIFA member states.

“It’s not a choice that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a very long time. We now have been discussing this within the Nordic area since August,” he mentioned.

“I believed once more. I think about there could possibly be challenges if Denmark go it alone. However let’s have a look at if we will not discuss issues.

“I’ve to consider the query of tips on how to restore confidence in FIFA. We should assess what occurred after which we should create a technique – additionally with our Nordic colleagues.”

Denmark drew 0-0 of their opener with Tunisia on Tuesday. They play France on Saturday afternoon of their subsequent match.

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