Fifa threatened sanctions – Xhaka will not appear with a “forbidden bandage” – Sport


The Swiss Football Association has announced that Granit Xhaka will not wear the “One Love” captain’s armband at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In Switzerland’s World Cup opening match against Cameroon on Thursday, captain Xhaka is unable to show any sign of tolerance due to the threat of sanctions from the world association FIFA. This was announced by the SFV along with 6 other participating European nations that had previously started the campaign.

“FIFA has made it very clear that if our captains use the bandages on the pitch, they will impose sporting sanctions,” they said in a joint statement. In addition to Switzerland, Germany, England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands were also scheduled to wear the multicolored heart captain’s armband.

Xhaka with controversial bandage


Causes debate in Qatar

The captain’s armband with the inscription “One Love”.

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The captain’s armband violates the dress code

“As an association, we cannot put our player in a situation where he has to wait for a sending off with sporting sanctions,” SFV media director Adrian Arnold explains in an interview. FIFA justifies his position with a violation of the dress code. The captain’s armband must be worn uniformly.

One is very frustrated with FIFA’s decision, according to the statement. After all, the world association was informed in September of the intention to wear the “One Love” captain’s armband as a sign of inclusion.

It’s unfortunate because they wanted to spread a positive message without any political content, Arnold said. You want to continue the action like before in Nations League games.

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