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FA accused of ‘hypocrisy’ over Forest Green’s Just Stop Oil warm-up shirts

The Football Association has been accused of “hypocrisy” after it prevented a League One club from wearing ‘Just Stop Oil’ shirts in a warm-up.

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince says the FA prevented his team from wearing the shirts ahead of the FA Cup tie against South Shields earlier this month, saying it was a political message.

England is one of seven nations threatened with “unlimited” sporting sanctions by FIFA if they wore an anti-discrimination armband at the World Cup, and Vince believes there are parallels between the cases.

He shared a letter he had written to FA chief executive Mark Bullingham on Twitter, saying he had seen the interview Bullingham gave ITV about the threat of armband penalties before the game against the United States on Friday.

“I felt compelled to write to ask if you knew that the FA itself acted in the same way with the FGR as FIFA with the FA,” he wrote.

“Just Stop Oil is, of course, an environmental campaign and slogan. The people behind it and those who support it are apolitical. They seek the cessation of the exploration of new sources of fossil fuels, due to the energy crisis.

At best it is an example of double standards, at worst it deserves to be called hypocrisy: taking this fair and forthright stand against FIFA in Qatar, while acting like FIFA at home.

Forest Green President Dale Vince

“The FA have been highly critical of FIFA for not allowing the OneLove bracelet to be worn and for the ‘unlimited’ penalties the FA and the England team faced if they ignored that advice.

“This situation mirrors the situation we found ourselves in a few weeks ago, except that in this case the FA played the role of FIFA.

“In England, where the FA have jurisdiction, they have banned our planned solidarity act and we also face unlimited sanctions.

“At best it is an example of double standards, at worst it deserves to be called hypocrisy: taking this fair and frank position against FIFA in Qatar, while acting like FIFA at home.”

The FA have been contacted for comment.

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