“Unprecedented demonstration of power by FIFA” – DFB President Neuendorf declares withdrawal
The DFB team and other European associations have backed down under pressure from FIFA and will not wear the “One Love” captain’s armband at the World Cup. DFB President Bernd Neuendorf explained the process.
Oliver Bierhoff and DFB President Bernd Neuendorf commented on the process of the “One Love” captain’s armband on Monday afternoon. Neuendorf explained the withdrawal of the European associations. It was an “unprecedented demonstration of power by FIFA”.
The “One Love” captain’s armband will not be worn at the World Cup in Qatar. The European football associations, which agreed before the tournament to wear this bandage as a message for equality, responded to pressure from the FIFA a retreat.
DFBManager Oliver Bierhoff and President Bernd Neuendorf commented on this decision. “It was a clear threat against us because we were threatened with sporting sanctions. It was an unprecedented demonstration of power by FIFA. We don’t want to fight this fight on the backs of our players,” Neuendorf said in a media round.
A few days ago, the DFB President had said that the action would also go against the will of FIFA: “This is not a political statement, but a statement for human rights.” As a result, the DFB is also prepared to “accept a fine”. Just no sporting sanctions – as became clear on Monday.
Neuendorf continued on Monday: “It’s a very remarkable process. We stand by our values. We stand by what we said and believe that we must and will represent these values during the tournament.”
“Today is certainly another low point for us. We will continue to discuss how we deal with it. It was a clear threat that was made in our direction, which we have to take very seriously. We don’t know exactly what sanctions will be would have been pronounced. That’s exactly the problem.”
Oliver Bierhoff added: “Manuel Neuer is totally disappointed that he is not allowed to wear the bandage.” The pressure from FIFA only increased this Monday: “Nothing has been brought to our attention in the last few months. To come and threaten us on the day of the match is sad and worrying.”
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