Referees for the World Cup may complain about being caught in FIFA’s conflict with elite European nations who want to wear OneLove armbands.
Nine captains, including Harry Kane and Gareth Bale, had expressed interest in representing OneLove in Qatar. The rainbow armband was intended to encourage diversity and inclusion, but FIFA rejected the idea before England’s opening game.
The captains were pressured by FIFA to abdicate their duties and not wear the armband before the game because doing so would result in a booking and a one-match suspension.
After a defender from Saudi Arabia squares off with him at the World Cup, Lionel Messi appears shaken.
The World Cup officials were reportedly incensed that they might be used as pawns in FIFA’s dispute, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that many of the 36 referees for the competition were shocked to learn they could be made to book rebel captains who donned the armband. FIFA, however, never gave the referees the order to book players for donning the armband.
Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s head of refereeing, is reportedly going to have to address the matter at his upcoming press conference.
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