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Welsh FA chief slams FIFA’s ‘cheap’ and ‘low’ stance on ‘One Love’ armbands

Welsh FA chief executive Noel Mooney told FIFA of its decision to threaten sporting sanctions on any player wearing the “One Love” armband during World Cup matches.

Wales captain Gareth Bale was among a number of national skippers who dropped plans to wear the armband in Qatar, after world football’s governing body said the players would risk a yellow card or even red if they did.

“For months and months we knew we were going to wear the ‘One Love’ armband – they [FIFA] definitely did,” Mooney said in an interview with ITV.

“And impose us that one is quite cheap and low enoughto be frank, and we are really disappointed by this attitude.

He added: “We were absolutely furious about it. We gave FIFA everything we had in terms of fury about this decision to do so. We think it was a terrible decision.

“I understand why everyone would be upset that the ‘One Love’ armband wasn’t there. But asking Gareth Bale to pick up a yellow card, a red card in his first World Cup was out of the question. How can you do that?

“And anyone who thinks players just get a red card like that doesn’t really understand the psyche of a professional athlete who is going to play the greatest moment of their life.”

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