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World Cup 2022: Denmark reignites European dispute with FIFA in Qatar

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European soccer showed its public frustration with FIFA president Gianni Infantino again Wednesday at the World Cup — this time in the Denmark camp.Denmark pledged it wouldn't vote for Infantino, who is running unopposed for re-election in March.

Danish soccer federation president Jesper Møller also hinted at wishing to walk away from FIFA membership.“I’ve thought about it again,” Møller told Danish media in Qatar. “I imagine that there may be challenges if Denmark opts out alone.

But let’s see if we can’t have a dialogue.”Denmark’s issues with the FIFA president pre-dated the World Cup, said Møller, who is a member of the UEFA executive committee, but the tensions with Europe intensified in recent days.Infantino used an eve-of-tournament news conference to berate European society and media for what he said was hypocrisy in their criticism of World Cup host Qatar.FIFA’s threats to show yellow cards to captains who wanted to wear an unauthorized armband as part of the “One Love” anti-discrimination campaign pushed seven European teams to climb down Monday hours before three were due to play games.It was an unprecedented dispute at a World Cup pitting FIFA against players on the day of preparing for one of the biggest games in their careers.At the Germany camp, officials said Tuesday they were considering a legal challenge to the FIFA tactics at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The court has said no appeal was yet filed.“We must respond to it,” Møller said. "We will get to that together with the other countries.

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