Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand on ‘One Love’ armband: ‘The message is not controversial’

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Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand on ‘One Love’ armband: ‘The message is not controversial’

“FIFA could punish players who wear the armband with a yellow card “one Love”. What do you think ?
First, it should not be a decision of the players, imagine yourself walking on the pitch before kick-off with a yellow card, it is not possible. We have already played with this armband, especially for UEFA competitions (in Nations League). We’ll see what happens today for the other selections who have announced that they will play with (especially England). But the sporting and financial sanctions mentioned, in particular sports ones, cannot be envisaged. Again, this will not be the decision of the players, but that of the federation.

” I do not see the problem. We’ve worn this armband before.”

Do you intend to take the risk before your entry into the running against Tunisia on Tuesday?
We will have to wait for clear answers. We want to know what the decisions are, and then we will decide what we will do.

Do you understand all this attention around the armband?
Not at all. The message is not controversial, I don’t think. I do not see the problem. We’ve worn this armband before.

The Danish selection has had a lot of success in recent months, including a semi-final at Euro 2021. What are its objectives for this World Cup?
Our dream is to win something. When you participate in a tournament, you always want to win. Are we the favourites? No, of course. But you can beat any team in one game, I think we’ve shown that over the past few months. We have a group of quality players, we have confidence in ourselves. You have to dream big. There are three very different opponents in this group, each with a very particular style of play. France is the defending champion, it’s one of the best teams in the world. Australia, we have already faced it, four years ago in Russia. This is the first time for Tunisia, however. But we have a lot of respect for this football.

You haven’t scheduled any preparation matches against an African team, you haven’t met one for years. Isn’t this a risk before starting your World Cup against Tunisia?
I believe that we were among the first countries to qualify for this World Cup, and we immediately sought to find opponents in the little space available in the calendar. I have serious contacts in Ghana, it is my second home, my African brothers. But it was not possible because there were roadblocks there, many teams were not available. But I think we are ready to play against different opponents. We know how to face different teams, and adapt during the match. »

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