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Louis van Gaal wonders if Fifa acted correctly as OneLove armband criticism grows

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Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has said questions must be asked whether Fifa behaved correctly in the dispute over anti-discrimination armbands at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Dutch, who opened their Group A campaign with a 2-0 win over African champions Senegal, were one of seven European nations to drop plans to wear the rainbow stripes.” OneLove” after Fifa threatened them with sporting sanctions.

Teams instead wore “No Discrimination” armbands as part of an official campaign, leading to criticism from Fifa for again appearing to protect the sensibilities of hosts from Qatar, a country where same-sex relations are criminalized.

Van Gaal, who has previously been scathing about the decision to host the final in the Gulf state, said on Monday evening: “I don’t want to take political questions, but one thing is clear – we are not going to not wear an armband if we are going to receive a yellow card.

“We have to ask ourselves if this is the right act on the part of Fifa. We all have to ask ourselves if this is the right act – that’s crystal clear.

Van Gaal’s side had to thank rookie keeper Andries Noppert for stopping Boulaye Dia in the 65th minute, and the Oranje took the lead when Cody Gakpo edged Edouard Mendy to head home with six minutes of regulation time left. to play.

The Chelsea goalkeeper was again arguably at fault for second deep in eight minutes of added time, parrying a shot from substitute Memphis Depay into the path of another substitute, Davy Klaassen, who netted the rebound.

Former Manchester United and Barcelona boss Van Gaal added: “We were shoddy and messy in possession, but we gave very little.

“We gave very few chances but I wasn’t happy with our side’s possession of the ball, we were imprecise and ran with the ball too much.”

Senegal, stripped of star man Sadio Mane, are now down in the group with games against Qatar and Ecuador to come.

Their coach Aliou Cissé said: “It was a very difficult game, a balanced game, I don’t think the scoreline accurately reflects the game. I was happy with our performance, the next game is vital to progress.

“The coach is responsible for any defeat – maybe I’m the only one to blame. We had two or three very good scoring chances. But we created chances, so we’ll take encouragement from them.

Cisse has injury concerns over defender Abdou Diallo, who suffered a muscle problem, and Nottingham Forest midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who twisted his ankle.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org