Denmark is not going to assist Infantino’s re-election as a result of bracelet controversy

Denmark is not going to assist Gianni Infantino’s re-election as FIFA president subsequent yr because of the ‘OneLove’ bracelet controversy on the World Cup.

A number of European international locations wished their captains to put on the bracelets in Qatar to point out assist for the LGBT neighborhood.

However they backed down after FIFA threatened to challenge yellow playing cards to gamers who wore them.

“There is just one candidate, and we should see if there’s one other candidate, there’s nonetheless time, however Denmark is not going to assist the present president,” DBU chairman Jesper Moeller mentioned at a information convention on Wednesday, including that he was “offended” about Infantino’s dealing with of the state of affairs.

On Wednesday, German Inside Minister Nancy Faeser was photographed contained in the Khalifa stadium carrying a “OneLove” bracelet as she sat subsequent to Infantino.

An identical act of defiance was carried out by Belgian Overseas Minister Hadja Lahbib on Thursday, who reportedly confronted Infantino about her resolution.

“Gianni Infantino defined to me why he had made the selection to not admit the Pink Devils [the nickname of the Belgian team] put on a “OneLove” bracelet, in response to FIFA guidelines. These guidelines do not apply within the stands, so I took off my jacket and introduced my bracelet,” Lahbib instructed RTBF after the Belgium-Tunisia match.

Similar-sex relationships are criminalized in Qatar, as they’re in lots of different Center Japanese international locations.

Nonetheless, organizers of the Qatar event have repeatedly mentioned that each one guests shall be welcomed and handled with respect, no matter sexuality or gender. Single {couples} is not going to be prohibited from sharing lodging.

The “OneLove” rainbow bracelet, as an emblem of inclusion and anti-discrimination in assist of LGBT rights, was chosen by the captains of the seven European nations to lift consciousness of LGBT rights in Qatar.

However FIFA’s resolution has been sharply criticized by each golf equipment and soccer unions.

“Players will need to have the appropriate to precise their assist for human rights on and off the pitch and we’ll assist any of them utilizing their platforms to take action,” mentioned the worldwide gamers union FIFPRO. he wrote in an announcement shared on Twitter Nov. 21.

“We argue {that a} rainbow flag shouldn’t be a political assertion however an endorsement of equality and due to this fact a common human proper.”

Earlier than their opening match in opposition to Japan on Wednesday, German gamers posed for a photograph with their palms over their mouths in a silent gesture to protest FIFA’s resolution to silence their initiative in assist of LGTB rights.