8 veterans likely to play final World Cup match in Qatar

The European World Cup teams are ready to defend FIFA in the event of an armistice

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — In a tense meeting world cup On Sunday, FIFA tried to end an impasse with European teams Unauthorized captain wearing armbands For an anti-discrimination campaign that draws Qatar’s attention.

It didn’t work.

FIFA has asked seven of Europe’s football federations to allow their captains to wear “One Love” armbands – heart-shaped multi-coloured logos aimed at exposure. Host country’s record on human rights.

FIFA failed to convince Europeans with the counter-proposal announced on Saturday, and supported by UN agencies, with socially conscious, albeit generic, slogans.

The urgency of the meeting at a luxury hotel in Doha was that England, Holland and Wales all play in the World Cup openers on Monday.

“I think we’ve made it clear that we want to wear it,” England captain Harry Kane said ahead of Sunday evening’s match against Iran in Doha.

Wales coach Robert Page said it would be “no different for us” in Monday evening’s late game against the United States.

This has led to the possibility of spectators around the world symbolizing displeasure with the host nation and disobeying FIFA by hugging Kane, Wales captain Gareth Bale and Holland captain Virgil van Dijk.

“We will stay in the European position,” German soccer federation president Bernd Neuendorf said a day after team captain Manuel Neuer vowed to wear the “one love” armband against Japan on Wednesday.

“FIFA came up with its armband idea two days ago. It was unacceptable to us,” Neuendorf told German broadcaster ZDF.

Other officials declined to comment as they left the meeting, but some noted the heated exchange.

FIFA also declined to comment, but said on Saturday it was “committed to using the power of football to effect positive change around the world.”

The armband controversy erupted two months ago and despite being a clear breach of FIFA rules, has yet to be resolved on the first day of the tournament.

“For final FIFA matches, the captain of each team must wear a captain’s armband provided by FIFA,” the soccer body’s equipment regulations state.

A similar rule was written into the tournament rules for this year’s World Cup.

FIFA will normally open disciplinary cases if teams violate the law, but the scope of punishment may be limited to fines of around 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,500) for some of its richest member federations.

of the “One Love” campaign Promotes diversity and inclusion in football and started in the Netherlands. Last year, Georginio Wijnaldum wore an armband at the European Championship in Hungary with the consent of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body.

In September, 10 European teams said their captains would wear armbands in future matches organized by UEFA. Eight of these people had the ability to play in Qatar and said that they would also seek FIFA’s permission. France has since cut its support to Qatar out of respect.

FIFA did not publicly respond to requests before President Gianni Infantino announced a domestic replacement in Doha.

FIFA’s choice of slogans for the group games include “SaveThePlanet”, “ProtectChildren” and “ShareTheMeal”. The slogan “No discrimination” – the only one that matches the demands of the European teams – will appear at the quarter-final stage.

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