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Denmark's FA breaks silence over reports that they could leave FIFA over World Cup controversies in Qatar

Ryan Sidle

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Denmark's FA breaks silence over reports that they could leave FIFA over World Cup controversies in Qatar

The Danish FA have clarified their position on leaving FIFA after reports suggested that they were considering splitting from the governing body after the World Cup.

There are any number of reasons for football associations to be annoyed with FIFA over the hosting of the World Cup in Qatar.

From the initial decision to changing the dates of the tournament to not allowing alcohol in grounds just two days before it started to forcing teams to change their kits - and everything in between - there's plenty of reasons to not be on board with the World Cup hosts.

Among those who haven't been impressed with the decision have been Denmark, who ahead of the tournament were banned from wearing a kit with a message of support of human rights on it.

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The Danes were also among the teams who wanted to wear the 'OneLove armband' during games, only to be told by FIFA that they risked punishment in the form of yellow cards.

That decision left them, along with Germany, England and several other nations, fuming at FIFA, with the Germans even considering legal action.

Danish FA (DBU) chairman Jesper Moller then hinted that they had considered leaving football's world governing body and would talk with other UEFA nations about what they could do together.

However, Moller's comments have now been clarified, with the DBU denying that they're actually going to leave FIFA.

"Some media have made the misunderstanding that DBU will withdraw from FIFA," head of communications, Jakob Hoejer told Reuters.

Gianni Infantino is set to be voted FIFA president for another term. Image: Alamy
Gianni Infantino is set to be voted FIFA president for another term. Image: Alamy

"That was not said at the press conference. We're critical and not satisfied and we'll not vote for the present FIFA president [Gianni Infantino].

"We will discuss further actions with our Nordic and European colleagues."

FIFA president Gianni Infantino kicked off the tournament last week with a bizarre opening monologue, in which he criticised the west for their criticisms of Qatar hosting the World Cup.

The 52-year-old is set to extend his stay as head of the football organisation after he was nominated as the only candidate before the tournament started.

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Laughably, he will face a vote when the nations meet in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali in March at the beginning of next year.

However, he will be completely unopposed, so it's not exactly going to be much of a vote.

Germany's players attempted to embarrass FIFA ahead of their shock loss to Japan after they posed with their mouths covered to show they'd been silenced by the organisation.

In the stands, Infantino was sat next to German politician Nancy Faeser, the member of the Social Democratic Party who removed her red jacket to uncover the OneLove armband that FIFA have banned.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Denmark, FIFA, Football World Cup, Football

Ryan Sidle
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