Denmark set to discuss leaving FIFA after World Cup controversies

Denmark are expected to hold talks with other UEFA countries on the possibility of leaving FIFA, following the ruling body’s decisions in Qatar during the World Cup.

Ahead of the World Cup, seven countries wrote to FIFA explaining their desire for their captains to wear armbands reading “One Love” in support of LGBTQIA+ rights during the tournament.

The governing body failed to return to the squads until the start of the competition, with Harry Kane initially set to wear it no matter what FIFA says.

That changed on the eve of England’s opener, against Iran on Monday, with FIFA saying any player wearing the armband would be booked or face tougher penalties.

The Swiss leader of the governing body, however, may have more pressing issues to worry about after the tournament, with threats to leave the organization from some members.

Danish FA (DBU) president Jesper Moller has revealed he is ready to discuss the possibility with the other 55 UEFA member countries.

“It’s not a decision that has been made now. We’ve been clear about this for a long time. We’ve been discussing this in the Nordic region since August,” Moller said.

“I thought about it. I imagine there could be challenges if Denmark go on their own. But let’s see if we can’t have a dialogue about things.

“I have to think about how to restore confidence in FIFA. We have to assess what happened and then we have to create a strategy – also with our Nordic colleagues.”

Kane didn’t wear the armband in England’s first win against Iran. Image: Alamy

Infantino is set to stand for another term as FIFA president and Moller has revealed the Danes don’t support the man who took over from Sepp Blatter.

“There are presidential elections in FIFA. There are 211 countries in FIFA and I understand that the current president has statements of support from 207 countries.

“Denmark is not one of those countries. And neither will we.

Germany were one of the other teams angry that FIFA ruled there would be a punishment for wearing armbands after the tournament kicked off.

The 2014 World Cup winners threatened legal action against the organization, questioning whether FIFA’s actions were even legal.

German players demonstrated ahead of their World Cup opener.  Image: Alamy
German players demonstrated ahead of their World Cup opener. Image: Alamy

Belgium were also affected by FIFA’s decisions, and not just because of the armband, as they were prevented from wearing two of their shirts.

The team’s white away shirt had the word “Love” embroidered into the shirt collar and that was enough to see the shirt banned from the World Cup.

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