The sporting story at the World Cup in Qatar is overshadowed every day and today there is another big riot. FIFA has whistled back the countries that wanted to play with a One Love bracelet. Peter Bossaert, CEO of the Belgian Football Association: “The World Cup more important than inclusivity? You have to put everything in perspective.”

The One Love bracelet, which the captains of Belgium, the Netherlands and England, among others, would wear at this controversial World Cup, was supposed to symbolize inclusiveness.

But with FIFA threatening yellow cards for captains who go against the grain, countries are pulling their tails.

Was the theme not worth yellow? “That is too short sighted”, counters the CEO of the RBFA, Peter Bossaert, at Radio 1.

“We tried to have conversations with FIFA for 3 months, but we never got any concrete answers.”

“Until yesterday, 4 hours before the kick-off of the 1st World Cup match. If necessary, FIFA would prevent the manu militari. With a yellow card. And even a possible exclusion for the next match.”

We would have paid a fine, yes. Even if we didn’t know its height. But e.gHowever, imposing sporting risk on players and teams is too much to ask.

Peter Bossaert, CEO of the RBFA

Bossaert told another story a few weeks ago in De Afspraak. The Belgian selection would not back down. Well, it turns out now.

“We never counted on such draconian measures. Normally you get a fine. And I’m super frustrated, just like everyone else.”

“But we have to play a World Cup and we have decided to protect players and team. We would have paid a fine, yes. Even if we did not know the amount.”

“However, imposing a sporting risk on players and teams is too much to ask. And then we were in a more comfortable position than the teams that had to play today like England.”

This is how it sounded a few weeks ago:

“Don’t put the weight of all the injustices in the world on the shoulders of footballers”

The Red Devils must therefore bow to the omnipotence of FIFA, just like the other countries. “No, that’s not normal.”

“We will now also look critically at our relationship with the other countries. We have been pressured in the hardest way. It is unseen, draconian, never seen in football.”

“Whether this is blackmail? FIFA organizes the World Cup. And if you participate, you have to take the rules into account. We knew it was disobedient, but we agreed.”

“We have reached out to FIFA several times and they are not the big winner.”

FIFA prohibits equipment with a political message. “But this has nothing to do with politics.”

“It’s a positive message against discrimination and FIFA shares those values. That’s why we don’t understand why they are lashing out so hard. It can’t be justified.”

“Our relationship with them is now on the backburner. I am very disappointed in their attitude. There was no reason to escalate this. This is about power.”

You have to put everything in a perspective where the whole weight of the world should not be on the shoulders of football players.

Peter Bossaert, CEO of the RBFA

It is now said that becoming a world champion is more important than inclusion. “I understand people saying that.”

“We are here with 26 players and a staff who want to win the World Cup. And there has also been a World Championship cycling and World Championship athletics here.”

“You have to put everything in a perspective where the whole weight of the world should not be on the shoulders of football players.”

“The reaction of the Belgian football players spoke volumes. But you cannot put the weight of all the injustice in the world on them. I ask for your understanding.”

Source: Sporza

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