LIVE – 2022 World Cup: banned from « One Love » armband, Manuel Neuer wears rainbow studs


D. UPAMECANO INCENSE O. GIROUD « A GREAT LEADER »

« Olivier is a great leader, he talks to us a lot and gives us a lot of advice. I hope he will give us many more goals », comments Dayot Upamecano, after the striker of the Blues became, with 51 achievements , the co-top scorer (tied with Thierry Henry) in the history of the France team.

« WE DO NOT REST ON OUR LAURERS », ASSURES D. UPAMECANO

« We are happy with this first. We are happy, but we are not resting on our laurels. We are now focusing on the match against Denmark », assures Dayot Upamecano, who has a word for Lucas Hernandez, package for the future of the Qatari World Cup, after his rupture of the cruciate ligament of the knee. « I’m very, very sad for Lucas. I saw him, I’m sure he’ll come back from his injury very quickly. »

THE BLUES IN PRESS CONF

Dayot Upamecano and Ousmane Dembélé are currently in a press conference at the Blues base camp. They respond to journalists, the day after the successful entry into the running against Australia (4-1). We will follow their speech.

THE GERMAN GOALKEEPER’S RAINBOW CRAMPONS

Prohibited from wearing the inclusive « One Love » armband, on pain of being warned, German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer plays with rainbow studs during the Mannschaft match against Japan on Wednesday. A pair of shoes seen as support for the fight against LGBT+ discrimination.

DENMARK THREATENS TO LEAVE FIFA

The day after Denmark’s draw against Tunisia (0-0), the leaders of the Danish Federation (DBU) convened a press conference on Wednesday. The agenda was in reaction to FIFA’s ban on the inclusive « One Love » armband, which threatens « sporting sanctions » for the selections who wear it.

« A lot of damage has been done to football. Football is about uniting the world, » said administrative director Jakob Jensen. « But I don’t think Gianni Infantino’s press conference is unifying. His way of speaking to so many nations, my feeling is that I was disappointed. I was deeply disappointed. »

Firmly opposed to Gianni Infantino, not assuring him of its support for his re-election, the DBU – which regretted the timing of the announcements – even plans to leave Fifa, if major developments are not made. This thinly veiled threat was confirmed, in person, by Jesper Moller, the president of the Danish Federation.

BERLIN REGRETS “ONE LOVE” ARMBAND BAN

Berlin finds FIFA’s ban on « One Love » armbands against LGBT+ discrimination « very unfortunate », German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Wednesday. « The rights of the LGBTQ+ community are non-negotiable, » he said during the government’s regular press briefing, less than an hour before the first match of the Mannschaft in Qatar, against Japan.

« We find that it is apparently not possible within the framework of this FIFA World Cup to position ourselves or to show a sign of attachment » to this question, he added. « It remains important to commit to our values. »

« AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT MATCH », ACKNOWLEDGES L. MODRIC

« It was an extremely difficult match, » reacted the Croatian Luka Modric, after the draw against Morocco (0-0) on Wednesday. « I believe that as the tournament progresses we will be better and we will show a whole new face. We have big ambitions and we did not come here to knock us out in the first round after what we have demonstrated in Russia. »

THE GERMAN GESTURE OF PROTEST

A photo that will go around the world.

THE STRONG GESTURE OF THE GERMANS

The players of the Germany national team put their hands over their mouths in the team photo before their first match of the World Cup against Japan. This action comes at a time when Fifa had prevented the wearing of the « One Love » armband (against discrimination) by threatening the teams with sports sanctions. « Human rights are not negotiable », says the German Federation (DFB).

H. KANE GOES FOR A SCANN

Hit in the right ankle at the end of the match against Iran for England’s first match in the 2022 World Cup, striker and captain Harry Kane will undergo a scan, several English media announced on Wednesday. On Monday, he complained of his ankle after an opposing tackle around the 50th minute but was only replaced fifteen minutes from the end of the match by Callum Wilson.

C. KOUYATÉ « PROBABLY WITHDRAWAL » WITH SENEGAL

Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté, taken out on a stretcher during the match against the Netherlands, only suffers from a « discreet inflammation » in the right thigh and will be « probably unavailable » for the match against Qatar on Friday at the Mondial-2022, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) announced on Tuesday evening.

S. ETO’O WARM UP WITH HIS « INDOMPTABLE LIONS »

Samuel Eto’o has put on the crampons. The president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fécafoot) took part in the training of the « Indomitable Lions » on Wednesday, on the eve of their entry into the World Cup against Switzerland (11 a.m.). In black outfit like the players, the former Barça or Inter Milan striker did some juggling and chatted with the staff while the selected warmed up.

DESCHAMPS ON MBAPPE

« Kylian was already one of the best players in the world. He is full of confidence, he exudes a lot of strength and serenity. I’ve been talking to him for a while, I knew he was going to be ready because it’s his competition. If he adds headed goals, so much the better. He is part of a collective, it’s important, with the ability to make the difference on his own too. In the offensive field, having Kylian at this level is very important for my team. »

CHEIKHOU KOUYATE

Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté, taken out on a stretcher during the match against the Netherlands, only suffers from a « discreet inflammation » in the right thigh and will be « probably unavailable » for the match against Qatar on Friday at the Mondial-2022, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) announced on Tuesday evening.

The Nottingham Forest player was touched on Monday during the defeat against the Netherlands (2-0). We feared a final package for the player. The Lions, already deprived of their best player, Sadio Mané, forced to give up playing the World Cup, have escaped a new blow.

FAN SONGS

Fifa on Tuesday opened disciplinary proceedings against the Ecuadorian Federation due to abusive « songs » by Ecuadorian fans on Sunday during the opening match of the World Cup-2022, Ecuador-Qatar (2-0). The body relies on Article 13 of its Disciplinary Code, which punishes the fact « to offend the dignity or integrity of a country, a person or a group by contemptuous, discriminatory words or offensive ».

The sanctions incurred are « ten suspension matches », when they concern a player or an official, and a fine « of at least 20,000 Swiss francs » (20,400 euros) accompanied by a partial closed session for a meeting when they aim for a federation.

LUCAS HERNANDEZ

Defender and reigning world champion Lucas Hernandez, injured in his knee on Tuesday against Australia, is forced to forfeit for the rest of the World Cup, AFP learned from sources close to the France team.

Affected in the cruciate ligaments of the right knee, according to one of the sources, the 26-year-old Bayern Munich player cannot be replaced in the group of Didier Deschamps, coach of the Blues who will have to play the rest of the World Cup with a group of twenty-four players.

LUCAS HERNANDEZ

« Lucas Hernandez underwent an MRI at the Aspetar clinic after the match against Australia (4-1). This examination unfortunately confirmed the clinical diagnosis: a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee. Lucas Hernandez is therefore unfortunately forfeited for the rest of the World Cup, » the FFF said in a statement.

« Like the whole group, players and staff, I am extremely sorry for Lucas. We are losing an important element. Lucas is a warrior and I have no doubt that he will do everything possible to return to the game. first plan. I know him well: courage, he will have it, that’s for sure. On behalf of the group, I wish him the best possible recovery, « said Didier Deschamps.

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