DOHA ( Associated Press) — By order of the refereeing body, French defender Jules Cunde removed the two gold chains he was wearing during the World Cup 16th match between his country and Poland.
Kunde wore the chains for 41 minutes when Venezuelan referee Jesús Valenzuela asked him to take them off. A French team assistant asked Kunde to move closer to one of the touchlines and untied the chains from his neck before taking him to the bench.
After France beat Poland 3–1 to reach the quarter-finals, French coach Didier Deschamps was asked whether Kunde had kept his chains because they were a rainbow symbol.
At the start of the World Cup, FIFA threatened to show yellow cards to teams planning to wear “One Love” armbands. The seven captains promised to use them.
Deschamps said he did not know what was on Kunde’s chains, but insisted that all jewelry was prohibited during matches. Official rules urge footballers to be checked at the start of each match to ascertain whether they carry prohibited items.
Deschamps said, “To be honest, I don’t know what was in her necklace.” “I know Jules is superstitious and always wears that chain, even in training. I told him: You’re lucky I’m not around, because I would have taken it from you too.
“I know players can’t wear chains or bracelets. He’s not allowed to wear it, you can’t play with goggles, watches, rings or necklaces. He’s not allowed, and I thought he took it, But they didn’t, so it’s our fault.”