World Cup: German FA taking FIFA to Court of Arbitration for Sport over OneLove armband ban | Football News

Germany’s players covered their mouths in a team photo before the opening World Cup match in protest against FIFA’s ban on OneLove arms.

The gesture comes after the German football association (DFB) told captain Manuel Neuer not to wear a rainbow armband for the game against Japan on Wednesday, following FIFA warning that he faces “significant” sanctions if he wears the armband, which promotes diversity and inclusion. .

Germany head coach Hansi Flick said his players wanted to “convey the message to FIFA that we are going to stop”.

FIFA will not oppose disciplinary action for a pre-match gesture.

The DFB is taking FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a ban on the arms of OneLove.

A swift decision by CAS to rule against the ban’s validity could mean Neuer could be fit to lead Germany’s second group game against Spain on Sunday.

Manuel Neuer wears one Love armband during the Germany match
Manuel Neuer did not bring the OneLove arm in Germany’s opening game but could against Spain if the DFB’s CAS appeal is successful.

A special division of CAS for this World Cup aims to decide that the application will be received within 48 hours.

Germany’s interior minister Nancy Faeser, who was seated near FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the VIP box, wore a OneLove bracelet in support of the national team.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser is pictured wearing a OneLove bracelet in Germany vs. Japan
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wore a OneLove armband in Germany’s 2-1 defeat against Japan

The association refused to comment on whether it would follow Germany’s lead and remain silent ahead of England’s next match against the United States.

The DFB lost one of its commercial partners on Tuesday when German retail chain REWE ended its sponsorship deal over a controversial bracelet.

REWE chief executive Lionel Souque said: “It stands for diversity and football is diversity. FIFA’s rudeness is completely unacceptable to me as the CEO of a diverse company, and a football fan.”

It was announced after the DFB said teams planning to wear OneLove bracelets on their matches were subjected to “extreme blackmail”.

Steffen said about Simon’s media director of the DFB Deutschlandfunk radio that England, who used the first team in the plan, were threatened with multiple sports sanctions.

“The tournament director went to the English team and talked about multiple rule violations and threatened huge sporting sanctions without specifying what they were,” he said.

Simon, who did not say whether he was referring to Qatari organizers or FIFA in referring to the tournament director, said the other six nations would then “show solidarity” with England and not wear it.

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“We lost Arbea and it is very painful, but we are the same people as before with the same values. We are not impostors who claim to have values ​​and then betray them,” he said.

“We were in an extreme situation, in the extreme of blackmail and we thought that we would take that decision against our will.”

FA and FAW retain plans for LGBTQ+ support in Qatar

The FA and FAW have not given up on their plans to show a message of support for the LGBTQ+ community while at the World Cup in Qatar – despite being embroiled in a dispute with FIFA over the OneLove arm.

Debates raged until a few hours before kick-off in England’s opening game against Iran, before the FA conceded defeat and decided Harry Kane would not wear the heart-shaped logo with the rainbow colours.

FIFA threatened to “play bets” if Kane or any of the other seven European nations involved wore the armband.

Article 13.8.1 of the FIFA Equipment Regulations states: “For FIFA Final Competitions, the captain of each team must wear the FIFA captain’s armband.”

Sky Sports News told FIFA officials that wearing oneLove’s diamond armband would be a direct violation of its rules, and if allowed, would set an example for other countries to wear any political message on their armband.

Furthermore, despite reports suggesting Kane could have been booked for wearing non-FIFA armour, Sky Sports News understands the sanction could have been much stronger – perhaps a one-match ban.

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Gareth Southgate says the England team will not be distracted by the decision not to wear the OneLove armband, but insists ‘people know what we stand for’

FIFA calls itself an “inclusive organization” when contacted by Sky Sports News, president Gianni Infantino reiterated his support for the LGBTQI+ community at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

“I spoke about this matter to the top leadership of the country,” said Infantino.

“They have confirmed, and I can confirm that everyone is very happy. If someone says otherwise, well, it is not the opinion of the country and it is certainly not the opinion of FIFA.”

But FA officials are known to be furious over a recent decision about whether or not they could wear OneLove’s armband, which has prevented them from facing any penalty after committing a foul.

If a financial penalty had been threatened, the FA was prepared to accept it. But on Monday, they felt it was unfair to risk Kane’s involvement in the tournament in order to keep his faith and make his mark.

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There have been plans for Gareth Southgate to possibly wear the OneLove armband on the touchline for the next game against the USA, although this will again have to be sanctioned by FIFA.

Another option could be for Kane or other England players to wear the bracelet in training, in front of the cameras.

There was no comment from the FA on either of these possibilities.

The FAW felt he had been backed into a corner by FIFA on Monday, as England made it clear from September that the Wales captain would wear the OneLove armband at the World Cup.

Following Monday’s dramatic 1-1 draw with the USA in the opening match, the FAW intends to hold discussions on how to send and display another message to replace the OneLove concept. Nothing has been decided definitively.

The FAW remains deeply disappointed and frustrated by FIFA’s recent intervention in the armband.

FIFA has confirmed that its no-distinction campaign has been launched in the quarter final, so that all three hundred and thirty captains have the opportunity to wear this weapon during the tournament.

The European Union is jointly considering legal options

‘FIFA’s request to avoid two months of industry criticism’

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Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett and Kaveh Solhekol explain that Harry Kane could have faced a ban if he chose to wear the OneLove armband in the match against Iran.

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett speaking on the Sky Sports World podcast:

“This is still going to be a big story starting from here; we’re talking as much about politics around this World Cup as we are about football, let’s be honest.

“The English FA, the Welsh FA and all the other FAs from other European countries went to FIFA with this and wrote to them more than two months ago. It was September when the idea first came up and FIFA did not respond.

“FIFA is heavily criticized for leaving it until the last minute. FIFA went back to England, Wales and other countries yesterday (Monday) to say they can’t do it.

“My understanding is that FIFA did this on purpose because if it had turned down the proposal two months ago, FIFA would have a good kick in the next two months by various groups of supporters who felt it was not fair and wasn’t and FIFA hide behind the rules and say ‘there are rules, just read them’ .

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“I don’t accept that and I don’t think that any of them have been criticized without merit in this matter.”

Kane: A decision taken out of my hands

Harry Kane wears a No Discrimination armband in the England & 39, s game with Iran

Harry Kane, the captain of England, insisted that he and his allies were determined to stand, but acknowledged that the final decision in this matter was out of their hands.

“We were frightened. We wanted to use it, because the decision was taken from my hands. I turned to the stadium with the arm I was carrying, and was told that I had to use it.

“Look, it’s about the power of our players. I’m sure the FA and FIFA will continue in those discussions, but most importantly we are focused on the game today and we got a great result.

“We have seen over five years as a squad and we continue to do as much as we can. We took a knee today too, but sometimes these decisions are not up to us. And that ‘bottom line’.

‘FIFA let Wales down; Wally FA are furious

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Sky Sports News’ Geraint Hughes reports that Wales are ‘angry and irritated’ that they have been banned from wearing OneLove arms at the World Cup.

Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes speaking on the Sky Sports World podcast:

“The FAW are fuming. They are really not happy. They have made it very clear that they are wearing OneLove lockers and have been trying for two months to get an answer from FIFA about whether they are allowed to use them legally.

“The rules, like everyone else, thought they could take it well. Nothing about a potential yellow card or even the potential for the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to impose a one-match ban.

“It happened early in the competition, certainly in both England and Wales. They’re really angry, they’re irritated – and it’s not just the senior execs, it’s been let down by the FAW. FIFA.”

Van Dijk in the armband: I could not risk the book

Edition versus distinction: Virgil VAN DIJK (NED) wears his arm under the jersey, a duc' armband with the inscription NO DISCIPLINE.  I am dying.  Match 2, Group A Senegal - Netherlands (NED) 0-2 on 21/11/2022 at Al Thumama Stadium.  Soccer World Cup 20122 in Qatar 20.11.  - 18.12.2022 ?  Photo by: Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture-covenant/dpa/AP Images

Virgil van Dijk claims that Belgium and other countries have been the backbone of the anti-discrimination debate.

Netherlands Governor Van Dijk told a Dutch broadcaster WE“I play in a place where yellow cards are not useful. I was a football player and I want to play in these kinds of tournaments.

“There are those who say he doesn’t have a spine, but that’s how it works,” added the Liverpool defender.

“We just want to play football. I loved playing with that team, but not at the expense of a yellow card.”


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