The captains of seven European nations is not going to put on anti-discrimination armbands in World Cup video games after threats from FIFA to indicate yellow playing cards to the gamers.
“As nationwide federations we will’t put our gamers able the place they might face sporting sanctions, together with bookings,” the seven soccer federations mentioned Monday in a joint assertion.
The climbdown after threats from FIFA got here hours earlier than England’s Harry Kane, the Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk and Wales’ Gareth Bale have been resulting from put on the One Love armbands in Monday’s video games. The captains of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark have been additionally anticipated to put on the armbands within the coming days.
“Our primary precedence on the World Cup is to win the video games,” the Dutch soccer federation mentioned in a separate assertion. “Then you definitely don’t need the captain to start out the match with a yellow card.”
The One Love marketing campaign was began within the Netherlands and its image is a heart-shaped multi-colored brand geared toward selling inclusion and variety in soccer and society.