Timing of World Cup beer ban and armbands plan are unfortunate: Germany team chief | Football News – Times of India

AL SHAMAL (Qatar): The timing of a beer ban introduced two days earlier than the World Cup begin in Qatar this week was unlucky and would create unease amongst followers, Germany crew director Oliver Bierhoff stated on Saturday.
Bierhoff additionally stated FIFA‘s plan to make use of a lot of captains’ armbands with completely different slogans was equally baffling provided that Germany and another European nations would put on their very own anti-discrimination ‘One Love’ armbands to advertise inclusion.
For years, Qatar’s event organisers had stated alcohol can be accessible to followers on the event, however world soccer’s governing physique FIFA made a last-minute reversal on Friday, two days earlier than Sunday’s kickoff.
The Qatar World Cup is the primary to be held in a Muslim nation with strict controls on alcohol, the consumption of which is banned in public.
“That is certainly a difficulty,” Bierhoff instructed a information convention. “It’s what I’ve stated additionally about planning in relation to the captains’ armbands.
“Such a short-notice resolution (on beer) is unlucky and creates unease,” Bierhoff stated.
“This (beer) is part of the event however I can’t actually perceive the choice and the timing as a result of there was sufficient time to take such a choice earlier.”
Qatar was awarded the World Cup 12 years in the past.
Bierhoff stated he was equally shocked by FIFA’s newest armbands plan, unveiled earlier on Saturday, once more criticising the soccer physique’s short-notice announcement.
“I heard about that and the brief discover is a bit shocking and it is as if FIFA doesn’t have a transparent place,” Bierhoff stated.
“We’ve got a transparent place. I’ll see how this develops and we’ll talk about with the opposite nations from Europe. We count on to be allowed to put on the (One Love) armband,” he stated.
A number of nations are planning to put on the armband to ship a message towards discrimination. Homosexuality is unlawful in Qatar.

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