World Cup: Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal demands answers from FIFA over One Love armband stance in Qatar


Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal stated FIFA have to be questioned concerning their stance over the ‘One Love’ armbands on the Qatar World Cup.

The Netherlands have been considered one of seven nations planning to don the anti-discrimination armband, which included a “heart containing colours representative of all backgrounds”.

However, a U-turn was introduced on Monday after it was confirmed that captains who wore it could face disciplinary motion in the type of a yellow card.

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FIFA launched a press release stating that its ‘No Discrimination’ marketing campaign would now begin throughout the group levels after it was initially deliberate for the quarter-finals. The assertion added that messaging alternatives for the marketing campaign could be offered to the taking part groups through captains’ armbands and that as per FIFA rules “the captain of each team must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA.”

The Dutch FA – which started the One Love marketing campaign previous to Euro 2020 – was the primary to launch a press release earlier than a joint one from the Football Associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Following the Netherlands’ 2-0 victory over Senegal in Group A, Van Gaal, who has beforehand been scathing concerning the determination to host the finals in Qatar, stated: “I don’t want to answer political questions, but one thing is clear – we’re not going to wear an armband if we are going to get a yellow card.

“We need to ask if this is a correct act on behalf of FIFA. All of us need to ask if this is a proper act – this is crystal clear.”

Meanwhile, Van Gaal was glad together with his aspect’s exhibiting in Monday’s victory.

Eredivisie prime scorer Cody Gakpo headed residence in the 84th minute on his World Cup debut and Davy Klaassen struck deep into harm time because the Netherlands began their marketing campaign in Qatar with a win.

He stated: “Was it an efficient victory? Of course it was. Listen to me, we played with poor ball possession in the first half but nonetheless we created five chances.

“It was more balanced in the second half. We created one chance and scored twice and, to be honest, I was calm. I always had the feeling we would score. So it was well deserved although we were shoddy in possession.”

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