The captains of the 32 participating countries will be allowed to play at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month with a captain’s armband with a message to include. This is the result of a meeting of the world football association FIFA with the captains. It is not mandatory to play with the group, there are also six other captain groups to choose from. The captain’s armband in the colors of the rainbow, recommended by Germany, is not included.
The tape reads ‘Unite for Inclusion’. The captain’s armband also resembles, in terms of colors and the accompanying heart, the OneLove captain’s armband developed by the KNVB.
The Men’s World Cup caused a sensation last November. FIFA banned seven European countries that intended to do so, including the Netherlands, from playing with the OneLove captain’s armband. If that happened, the captain in question would receive a yellow card. The seven countries therefore abstained. FIFA was widely criticized, especially as the decision was made on the day England, Wales and the Netherlands (three of the seven countries) were due to play their first group match.
For the Women’s World Cup, FIFA consulted with the captains in advance, including Sherida Spitse van Oranje. “The message of the OneLove group is important to us. We have always said that we want to convey to our team that we are for connection and against all forms of discrimination. We just don’t think that is fixed in the OneLove statement. As far as we are concerned, you convey this message with your heart,” says Spitse. “Recently there have been many discussions with FIFA about which captain’s armbands can be worn at the World Cup. The solution that is now offered with the seven different bands is a good solution for us. It gives us the opportunity to further develop the message that we think is important.”
The KNVB is satisfied with the result. “What we agree on is that we really want to send a positive message in favor of inclusion,” said Gijs de Jong, secretary general of the football association, during the final of the Champions League between FC Barcelona and VfL Wolfsburg earlier this month. .Eindhoven. “In joint consultation, including with the players, we will see how exactly we can do that.”
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