MATT BARLOW’S WORLD CUP DIARY: OneLove armband issues continue to ripple

MATT BARLOW’S WORLD CUP DIARY: Issues around the OneLove armband continue to ripple while Japan received a heroes welcome at their hotel after beating Germany

  • Group G rivals Brazil and Serbia are camped on opposite sides of the street 
  • Rumours claim Brazil have been using drones to spy on their Group G opponents
  • While Issues around the OneLove armband are continuing to ripple around Doha
  • Wales, who were denied the chance to wear it, have added rainbow corner flags 
  • Jan Vertonghen of Belgium revealed how players are worried about speaking out
  • Japan received a heroes welcome back at the hotel after beating Germany
  • While Didier Deschamps conducted an extra training session for select players  
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has caused a series of upsets on and off the pitch. 

Japan beat Germany and Argentina lost Saudi Arabia, while the issues around the OneLove armband have continued to grow.

In light of that, Sportsmail’s MATT BARLOW pens his latest World Cup diary from Doha.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has caused a series of upsets on and off the pitch

Dragan Stojkovic on Brazil’s alleged foul play

Brazil and Serbia are camped on opposite sides of the street. The Brazilians are using Al-Arabi’s stadium and the Serbs using the Qatari club’s training facilities. 

Rumours are swirling that Brazil have been using drones to spy on their Group G rivals. But Serbia boss Dragan Stojkovic wasn’t troubled. 

‘I don’t believe they spied on us,’ said Stojkovic. ‘Even if they sent drones I don’t know what they’d see. Not very much to be honest.’ 

Rumours are swirling that Brazil have been using drones to spy on their rivals Serbia

Rumours are swirling that Brazil have been using drones to spy on their rivals Serbia

However, Serbia boss Dragan Stojkovic is not troubled and does not believe the rumours

However, Serbia boss Dragan Stojkovic is not troubled and does not believe the rumours

Issues over OneLove armband continue  

Issues around the OneLove armband continue to ripple around Doha. Wales, among the teams denied the chance to wear it, have installed rainbow corner flags. 

And Jan Vertonghen of Belgium summed up the feeling of those teams ahead of their game last night against Canada. 

‘I’m afraid if I say something I might not be able to play,’ said the former Spurs defender. ‘It’s an experience I’ve never felt in football before. I feel controlled.’ 

Issues around the OneLove armband (pictured on Harry Kane) continue to ripple around Doha

Issues around the OneLove armband (pictured on Harry Kane) continue to ripple around Doha

Didier Deschamps cracks the whip 

Unperturbed by his injury crisis France boss Didier Deschamps organised a training game for those who didn’t feature much against Australia on Monday. 

They played two halves of 30 minutes and won 4-0 against Qatari team Al Markhiya with two goals from Marcus Thuram and one each for Eduardo Camavinga and Jordan Veretout. 

Deschamps organised a training game for those who didn't feature a lot against Australia

Deschamps organised a training game for those who didn’t feature a lot against Australia

Japan receive heroes welcome

Delighted to report schadenfreude alive and well in the World Cup’s main media centre where Japan’s comeback win over Germany was greeted with unashamed cheers and applause. 

And that wasn’t even the English.

Japan caused a tournament upset by beating Germany in their group game on Wednesday

Japan caused a tournament upset by beating Germany in their group game on Wednesday