“You don’t need the captain to start out the match with a yellow card. That’s the reason it’s with a heavy coronary heart that we as a UEFA working group … and as a workforce needed to determine to desert our plan,” the Dutch soccer affiliation KNVB mentioned in a press release.
The KNVB mentioned FIFA had made it clear solely hours earlier than kick-off of their opening match towards Senegal on Monday that captain Virgil van Dijk would get a yellow card if he walked on the pitch sporting the armband as deliberate.
The KNVB mentioned it was “deeply disillusioned” in FIFA’s stance and wouldn’t let it go unnoticed.
“That is utterly towards the spirit of our sport, which unites tens of millions of individuals,” the KNVB mentioned in a press release.
“Along with different international locations concerned we are going to critically take a look at our relation with FIFA.”
The armband had been designed to convey a message “towards any type of discrimination”, the Dutch FA mentioned.
In accordance with FIFA guidelines, workforce tools should not have any political, spiritual or private slogans, statements or photos, and through FIFA Last Competitions, the captain of every workforce “should put on the captain’s armband offered by FIFA”.
Wales mentioned the international locations concerned had been ready to pay fines that will usually apply to breaches of equipment laws, however sporting sanctions had been a step too far.
“As nationwide federations, we will not put our gamers ready the place they may face sporting sanctions together with bookings, so we’ve requested the captains to not try to put on the armbands in FIFA World Cup video games.”