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Denmark considering leaving FIFA and discussing legal action with England

Dominic Smithers

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Denmark considering leaving FIFA and discussing legal action with England

Denmark is considering quitting FIFA and is discussing taking legal action against the body with England after players were banned from wearing 'One Love' armbands during the World Cup.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, and is punishable with up to seven years in prison.

And prior to the controversial tournament, a host of European countries had planned on wearing special armbands, which were designed to act as a subtle nod to the LGBTQ+ community.

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However, it was announced this week that FIFA had pulled the plug on the plans, with the organisation threatening to impose harsh sanctions on the teams.

Following the decision, the Danish football federation chief executive Jakob Jensen said he was in talks with the participating nations, which includes England and Wales, about taking legal action against FIFA.

Denmark are thinking about quitting FIFA. Credit: PA/Alamy
Denmark are thinking about quitting FIFA. Credit: PA/Alamy

He said: "Now we’re looking into what are the legal options, we are co-ordinating our discussions on that as well but at this point it is not possible to go to CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sports].

"You can’t go through CAS now and I think this is some rumour running around the press.

"The Germans are looking into the legal possibilities. It’s very different than going through CAS.

"If you want to go through CAS you need to complain within the FIFA system first, you need to go to the appeals body, then you can go through CAS."

Beyond this, Jensen said the Danes have also been thinking about leaving FIFA all together.

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

“I’ve thought it again. I imagine that there may be challenges if Denmark leaves on its own. But let us see if we cannot have a dialogue on things.

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

England had planned on wearing 'One Love' armbands at the World Cup. Credit: Mark Pain/Alamy
England had planned on wearing 'One Love' armbands at the World Cup. Credit: Mark Pain/Alamy

The English FA said it was disappointed by FIFA's decision to ban the 'One Love' armbands.

In a statement, the body said it had been 'prepared to pay fines' but didn't want to put the players' chances of playing in the tournament at jeopardy.

A spokesperson for the body said: "FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play.

"As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.

"We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband.

"However, we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play."

LADbible has contacted the English FA for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: Cal Sport Media/Alamy/Sportimage/Alamy

Topics: Sport, Football, World Cup, World News

Dominic Smithers
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