England captain Harry Kane will WEAR a OneLove rainbow bracelet at the World Cup, even if FIFA bans it, and organizers have yet to grant permission for the anti-discrimination initiative amid anger over laws Qatari LGBT.
- Captains of 10 countries at the World Cup plan to wear rainbow armbands
- England, Wales, Germany and France are among the countries that support it.
- But FIFA has not yet granted them permission to wear armbands in Qatar.
- The FA are determined to see Kane wear the armband even if he risks fines from FIFA
England captain Harry Kane will wear a OneLove armband at the World Cup in Qatar, despite FIFA banning it.
Last month, the FA announced that England’s boss will wear a rainbow captain’s armband during the tournament as part of an anti-discrimination initiative, with nine other nations taking part.
Despite no permission being granted by FIFA yet, the FA remains determined to see Kane wear the armband, even if he risks potential fines.
The OneLove bracelets will be used to promote diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination in Qatar, where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalized.
The armbands were worn in the last round of Nations League matches, with the permission of UEFA. However, FIFA has yet to give the green light for them to be used in Qatar later this year, despite England writing to them with their request.
Those involved, including Wales, Belgium and Sweden, could be banned from using the bands if permission is not obtained.
The FA are determined to see Harry Kane wear a OneLove bracelet despite a possible ban
England and nine other European countries have joined the ‘OneLove’ campaign
Wales, Denmark and Belgium are among the other nations also taking part in the initiative.
They could even be banned from the tournament; however, that prospect has been deemed “highly unlikely.” A delegation from the group will meet FIFA on Wednesday and request an update.
Kane, who wore the armband during England’s Nations League matches against Italy and Germany last month, said: “I am honored to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign.”
‘As captains we can all compete against each other on the pitch, but we stand united against all forms of discrimination. This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society.’
The Netherlands started the OneLove campaign ahead of Euro 2020.
The England captain wore the armband during Nations League matches in September.
There have been a series of protests against working conditions in Qatar ahead of the World Cup
It is billed as the latest act of protest against Qatar and its treatment of migrant workers in the build-up to the tournament, with ‘thousands’ reportedly injured or killed while building the infrastructure.
Last month, Denmark’s kit supplier Hummel unveiled a monochrome strip for the World Cup in a bold protest against the host country.
The new red kit is inspired by their success at Euro 92 when Denmark won their only major title, but has their logo and details barely visible.
An all-black design, which Hummel said means the ‘color of mourning’, it will be his third kit in Qatar.
Denmark’s third kit for the tournament is an all-black jersey displaying the ‘color of mourning’.