Denmark has revealed they are ready to discuss a general withdrawal from FIFA with other UEFA nations amid the ongoing spat over the #OneLove bracelets.
Seven European parties that planned to wear the anti-discrimination armbands to protest the human rights record in Qatar all backed out of the plan on Monday after being threatened with sports sanctions by FIFA.
At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Danish FA (DBU) CEO Jakob Jensen revealed that a yellow card was the “minimum” penalty captain Simon Kjaer would have received.
“On November 21, England asked for an emergency meeting with FIFA, who came to the England hotel,” Jensen revealed. “FIFA said it would at least give a yellow card.
“There has been discussion whether there is a legal basis for giving a yellow card, but there is. The penalty could have been a yellow card, that the captain had not come on the field or that he had received a suspension.”
The DBU delegation revealed the “anger” this has caused and stated that they would not formally support current President Gianni Infantino in his re-election. Infantino stands unopposed.
“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,” said DBU president Jesper Moller. “Denmark is not one of those countries. And we’re not going to be.”
Moller also revealed that Denmark is considering leaving FIFA and is willing to discuss it with all 55 member countries of the organisation.
“It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about that for a long time. We have been discussing it in the Nordic region since August,” he said.
‘I’ve thought about it again. I imagine there could be problems if Denmark goes off on their own. But let’s see if we can’t have a dialogue about things.
“I have to think about how I can restore confidence in FIFA. We have to evaluate what happened and then we have to draw up a strategy – also with our Scandinavian colleagues.”
Denmark drew 0-0 against Tunisia in the opening game on Tuesday. They will play against France in their next game on Saturday afternoon.
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