Gianni Infantino is the ham of the sandwich. It is not possible to get along with God and the devil on issues that do not admit gray. And although the president of FIFA had said that he felt “gay”, in the form of support for the LGBTQI collective, the Qatari rigor of which the entity that governs football takes charge generates, logically, that the Italian-Swiss , no matter how much waist the position and experience have given you, do not remain unscathed on the issue of diversity, inclusion and human rights to which the organizing country clearly does not adhere.

This is how the German team posed (AFP).

The controversy began after the prohibition by FIFA to the team captains wear the armband that has a heart drawn in the colors of the LGBTQI flag and the phrase “One Love”. In fact, the federation threatened sanctions to those who wore it.

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Then the action moved to the stands. This Thursday, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hadja Lahbib, exposed the bracelet in the stands during the match of his team. Exactly seven European teams, including Belgium, wanted to wear that bracelet, but FIFA prevented it. “Gianni Infantino explained to me why he had decided not to allow the Red Devils to wear the armband, according to FIFA rules. Those rules don’t apply in the stands, I took off my jacket and showed it”, explained the leader.

Infantino with the German minister Nancy Faeser.Infantino with the German minister Nancy Faeser.

The Germans, who also shrank from displaying their bracelets, instead raised their hands to their mouths in a gag gesture before their match on Wednesday. The German Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, also -in the stands- the inclusive bracelet was placed on his arm. Infantino took a picture of her with it, smiling and pointing to the tape. However, she is still in the middle, as between two loaves.

the complaints arrived

Faced with the threat of sanctions, the federations withdrew from the initiative for fear of reprisals from the entity against its players. And they issued a statement: “We cannot put our players in a situation where they can face sporting sanctions.including warnings, so we have asked the captains not to try to wear the armbands.

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However, captains such as Harry Kane (England), Gareth Bale (Wales) and Manuel Neuer (Germany) took to the field of play with another white ribbon with black letters and the legend “No to discrimination”.

Granit Xhaka, Swiss captain, before the World Cup with the bracelet that he cannot wear in Qatar (EFE).Granit Xhaka, Swiss captain, before the World Cup with the bracelet that he cannot wear in Qatar (EFE).

And they went further: “Banning us the bracelet is like banning our mouths. Our position remains,” said the German team on their social networks. “Human rights are not negotiable”, he added. In addition, Germany appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reverse the decision of the highest soccer entity.

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Denmark, for its part, threatened to leave FIFA over the ban on the rainbow armband. Jesper Moller, President of the Danish Football Association (DBU), anticipated that the body will open a “period of reflection” on the subject and did not rule out the “extreme measure” of leaving FIFA if it does not change its position.

Source: www.ole.com.ar

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