Dutch football association officials will wear a ‘OneLove’ lapel pin during Tuesday’s World Cup tie, rather than a band around their arm, the KNVB confirmed on Sunday.
The KNVB is also suggesting sports minister Conny Helder do the same thing when she watches the final Oranje group much against Qatar on Tuesday.
‘It is up to her of course,’ KNVB secretary general Gijs de Jong said. ‘I think it would be sensible not to make any unnecessary statements but to engage in dialogue and try to have impact that way.’
‘It might be less sexy than the German and Belgian ministers, but I think it will ultimately have the most impact,’ he said.
Last week, German home affairs minister Nancy Faeser and Belgian’s foreign affairs minister Hadja Lahbib both sat next to Fifa chairman Gianni Infantino to watch a match while wearing the OneLove band.
‘We have been busy here for years talking about working conditions, and I think that has more impact – ask Amnesty, ask the UN labour organization ILO, ask the FNV – than shouting something for the benefit of the Dutch public,’ De Jong said.
Fifa has banned players from wearing the OneLove armband, an initiative started by the KNVB ahead of the World Cup and which was taken up by several other countries.
On Thursday, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal told reporters that the Dutch players would not be making any more political statements.
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