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FIFA fly the flag … for intimidation

Good morning.

How was the opening day of the World Cup for you? I couldn’t convince myself I had sufficient interest in Qatar v Ecuador to pay any attention to it, so I went to an Italian restaurant and had a delicious risotto at the same time the match was on. There was also a nice wine.

And from what I can gather, I didn’t miss a great deal from a footballing perspective. Ecuador won 2-0, former West Ham man Enner Valencia scored twice, and the hosts – based on the reports I read – weren’t up to much. ‘Lightweight’ was the phrase used by Nick Ames in the Guardian, and with Senegal and the Netherlands to come, they’re going to have do a lot better to have any hope of making out of the group.

Today, Bukayo Saka is expected to start for England as they face Iran, but ahead of the game plans to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community by Harry Kane wearing a rainbow armband are in doubt as it’s feared that the England captain could receive an automatic yellow card.

It was thought that the football associations of the 11 nations who have decided to wear that armband would receive a fine, something they were willing to live with, but the idea of an important player starting a game on a booking has changed things. Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk is quoted on this issue:

“I will wear the one love armband. Nothing changed from our point of view. If I will get a yellow card for wearing it, then we would have to discuss it because I don’t like to play while being on a yellow.”

FIFA have yet to provide any response to the respective FAs who have approach them for clarification. I thought this line from this report was fairly instructive:

The suggestion has been made to the FA that because there is no precedent Fifa could have a free hand in selecting the punishment for a breach of equipment regulations.

No doubt that came from someone in FIFA, because let’s not be in any doubt that this is an organisation that will do whatever it feels like…

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