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Denmark considering to leave FIFA after World Cup

Denmark leads six nations that could leave FIFA after armband controversy

November 23, 2022 By Oscar Rojas
The Danish side was one of the teams that protested over the political issues in the host country, blaming Gianni Infantino for his stance on the matter.

The Danish national team is ready to take a harsh stance regarding FIFA's ban to show support towards those who have been discriminated in Qatar, as the European side has already informed UEFA about their intention to leave FIFA.

Speaking in a press conference, Danish Football Union execs Jakub Jensen and Jasper Möller revealed that Denmark could lead six nations in leaving football's governing body after the alleged threats to be banned by FIFA if they showed support to LGBT+ minorities and Human Rights organizations in Qatar, whether it was with an armband or in any other form.

The Danish execs admitted that FIFA's actions during the tournament have prompted this reaction, but they also informed that this issue has sparked conversations between them and other Nordic nations for quite some time.

"This is not a decision we took now. We've been clear about it for quite some time. We have been discussing this issue in the Nordic region since August," Möller stated.

The Danish spokesmen admitted that they know their country could be subject to major sanctions if they decide to leave FIFA all by themselves, which is why they might wait for other countries to take action until they speak out once again.

"We imagine that Denmark could face some challenges if it leaves all alone. We have to think about this in terms of how we can restore our faith in FIFA. We must evaluate what has happened and then come up with a strategy that helps us and our Nordic colleagues," Möller added.

Asked about the possible sanctions, Jakub Jansen questioned FIFA's decision to ban those who used the armband at the last minute.

"On November 21, England asked for an emergency meeting with FIFA, and they told the English association that they would book whoever wore the armband. It has been discussed if there is a legal basis to book a player for it, and there is. The player could have been booked, banned from entering the pitch, or maybe other sanction that FIFA came up with at the last minute," Jansen said.

Before the presser came to an end, Jansen revealed that FIFA's stance on this matter could see Infantino losing the support of many nations en route to a possible re-election.

"There will be presidential elections at some point in FIFA. There are 211 countries in it and I understand that the current president has been supported by 207 of them. Denmark is not among those and after this situation, we will not be," Jansen concluded.

The Danish side is expected to take the pitch for the second time in this World Cup on November 26, when they are scheduled to lock horns with France after their goalless draw against Tunisia on Tuesday.


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