Shocking! Denmark’s request: UEFA national teams to withdraw from FIFA
Denmark have revealed they are ready to discuss a full abandonment of FIFA alongside other UEFA national teams, as a protest move amid the clash over the OneLove captains armbands. On Monday, seven European teams intending to wear the armbands to protest Qatar’s human rights abuses withdrew after being threatened with sporting sanctions by FIFA.
A move that – if it were to occur – would further expose the tensions between the governing body of world football and the European Football Federation. A clash that had already amplified last year regarding FIFA’s desire to organize the World Cup every two years instead of every four years.
As reported by The Athletic, speaking at a press conference this morning, Danish FA (DBU) CEO Jakob Jensen revealed that a yellow card would be the “minimum” punishment captain Simon Kjaer would face if he decided to wear the OneLove captain’s armband.
“On November 21, England requested an emergency meeting with FIFA, who came to the English hotel. FIFA said they would at least give a yellow card. It has been debated whether there was a legal basis for giving a yellow card, but there is. The punishment could have been a yellow card, but also the captain not being allowed onto the pitch or being disqualified,” Jensen said.
Danish Football Association president Jesper Moller added that Denmark was considering leaving FIFA and was willing to discuss it with all 55 member countries of the organisation. “It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a long time. We have been discussing it with the Northern states since August.
“I thought about it again. I guess it could be challenging if Denmark goes on its own. But let’s see if we can’t talk about these things. I have to think about the question of how to restore confidence in FIFA. We have to evaluate what happened and then we have to create a strategy, also with our Nordic colleagues », he concluded.