Jorge Casales, director of competitions and member of the Executive Board of the Uruguayan Football Association, confirmed Tuesday that FIFA encouraged Puma to remove the four stars worn by the Uruguayan football team.
Casales commented on “You What Do You Think” (Radio Sport 890AM, this Monday we learned, through Puma, that FIFA will prevent Uruguay from having four traditional stars atop the CAF shield that shows the victory of the four world championships.”).
FIFA will only allow 2 stars on the men’s team jersey and not on the women’s team jersey. “It will be from the World Cup in Qatar. When I received this information on Monday, I immediately transferred it to the executive and to everyone, in the first place, it gave us rebellion and then we began to look for how to reverse it and clarify it in the best possible way,” Casales said.
What FIFA understands is that Uruguay has won only two world championships (the 1930 and 1950 World Cups). However, the governing body of world football itself has on several occasions expressed its recognition of the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Football Tournament World Championships.
Without going any further, when the CAF was greeted in March 2020 on its 120th anniversary, FIFA itself stated in the memo published on its website under the headline “CAF 120 years old”: “First of all , the gold medal in the editions of the 1924 Olympic Football Tournament in Paris and 1928 in Amsterdam, which at that time were considered world championships.
Casales added: “On behalf of the CAF CEO, we will try to appeal the decision, explaining that the Olympic Games of 1924 and 1928, at that time, were recognized as world championships. We are pragmatically adopting, as we did before, in AHIFU (Association of Football Historians and Researchers in Uruguay) to search for documents that support our position.”
The member of the CAF Executive Board noted that one very clear example that could serve as an argument for Celeste would be the world titles at club level. For example, Real Madrid is a seven-time world champion, despite winning three Intercontinental Cups (1960, 1998 and 2002) and only four Club World Cups (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
“Maybe this can give you learning about the problem and, one way or another, getting it resolved, but recognizing that Uruguay was a four-time world champion other than the fact that they haven’t won four World Cups. Our idea is to confirm our thinking and our history, to see if we can overturn that decision. And if it is not abolished, it is at least recognized that Uruguay is a two-time World Cup champion (1930 and 1950) and the winner of two other world championships organized by FIFA (the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games)”, declared Casales.