Denmark to begin talks to leave FIFA after World Cup controversies

Denmark is set to hold talks with other UEFA nations over a possible withdrawal from FIFA following the ruling body’s decisions in Qatar during the World Cup.

Ahead of the World Cup, seven countries have written to FIFA to explain their desire for their captains to wear ‘One Love’ armbands, in support of LGBTQIA+ rights, during the tournament.

The governing body failed to return to teams until the start of the competition, with Harry Kane initially wearing it regardless of what FIFA said.

That changed on the eve of England’s opening game with Iran last Monday, with FIFA claiming that any player wearing the armband would be banned or potentially face harsher sanctions.

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

Danish FA (DBU) president Jesper Moller has revealed he is open to talks with the other 55 UEFA member states over the possibility.

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

“I’ve thought about it again. I imagine there might be challenges if Denmark goes it alone. But let’s see if we can’t have a dialogue about things.

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

Kane did not wear the armband in England's opening win against Iran.  Image: Alamy
Kane did not wear the armband in England’s opening win against Iran. Image: Alamy

Infantino is set to run for another term as FIFA president and Møller has revealed that the Danes do not 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 among those countries. And we’re not going to be either.”

Germany were one of the other teams angry that FIFA decided there would be a punishment for the armband after the tournament started.

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

Germany's players protested before their opening World Cup match.  Image: Alamy
Germany’s players protested before their opening World Cup match. Image: Alamy

Belgium have also been affected by FIFA rulings, and not just because of the armband, but actually not being allowed to wear two of their kits.

The team’s white away shirt had the word ‘Love’ embroidered on the shirt collar and this was enough to see the shirt banned from the World Cup.

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