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Denmark will not assist Infantino’s re-election amid armband controversy


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Denmark will not assist the re-election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president subsequent yr over the “OneLove” armband controversy on the World Cup.

A number of European international locations had needed their captains to put on the armbands in Qatar to point out assist for the LGBT group.

However they backed down after FIFA threatened to difficulty yellow playing cards to gamers sporting them.

“There is just one candidate, and we’ll need to see if there’s one other candidate, there may be nonetheless time, however Denmark won’t be supporting the present president,” DBU president Jesper Moeller mentioned at a media briefing on Wednesday, including that he was “indignant” about Infantino’s dealing with of the state of affairs.

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On Wednesday, German inside minister Nancy Faeser was pictured contained in the Khalifa stadium sporting a ‘OneLove’ armband whereas sitting subsequent to Infantino. 

An identical act of defiance was carried out on Thursday by Belgium’s international minister Hadja Lahbib, who reportedly confronted Infantino about his resolution.

“Gianni Infantino defined to me why he had made the selection to not permit the Crimson Devils [the nickname of the Belgian team] to put on a ‘OneLove’ armband, based on FIFA guidelines. These guidelines don’t apply within the stands, so I took off my jacket and offered my armband,” Lahbib informed RTBF after the Belgium-Tunisia match.

Identical-sex relationships are criminalised in Qatar, as they’re in lots of different international locations within the Center East.

However, organisers of the Qatar event have repeatedly mentioned all guests will probably be welcomed and handled with respect, no matter sexuality or gender. Single {couples} won’t be banned from sharing lodging.

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The rainbow “OneLove” armband, as a logo of inclusion and anti-discrimination in assist of LGBT rights, was chosen by the captains of the seven European nations to boost consciousness about LGBT rights in Qatar. 

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However FIFA’s resolution has been harshly criticised by each groups and soccer unions. 

“Gamers should have a proper to precise their assist for human rights on and off the sector of play and we are going to assist any of them who will use their very own platforms to take action,” the worldwide gamers’ union FIFPRO wrote in an announcement shared on Twitter on November 21.

“We keep {that a} rainbow flag just isn’t a political assertion however an endorsement of equality and thus a common human proper.”

Forward of their opening recreation in opposition to Japan on Wednesday, German gamers posed for an image with their fingers masking their mouths, a silent gesture in protest of FIFA’s resolution to silence their initiative in assist of LGTB rights.

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