Virgil van Dijk denies lacking ‘backbone’ over OneLove armband controversy | World Cup 2022

Virgil van Dijk has hit back at claims the Netherlands and other countries have been spineless in the anti-discrimination armband controversy.

The Dutch were one of seven European nations, including England and Wales, who planned for their captains to wear the rainbow-coloured OneLove armband at the World Cup.

The band is part of a year-long campaign but would have sent an especially significant message in Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships.

However, the seven countries dropped their plans after tournament organisers Fifa threatened them with sporting sanctions…

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