IAN LADYMAN: Harry Kane reveals he was ‘disappointed’ not being able to wear ‘One Love’ armband… but England captain insists decision was ‘out of his hands’ after FIFA threatened to book the players for using it
Harry Kane has revealed that he had no say in the decision to scrap plans to wear a ‘One Love’ armband for the World Cup match against Iran.
The England captain, along with six other European patrons, planned to wear the armband to show their opposition to all forms of discrimination.
But the seven countries backed down after FIFA threatened to sign players who used it.
Harry Kane revealed he was not involved in the decision not to wear a ‘One Love’ bracelet
Seven captains from European nations involved in the World Cup pledged to wear the armband in Qatar before FIFA announced players could be punished for wearing it.
When asked about it after today’s shock 6-2 Group B win over Iran in Doha, Kane said: “Yes, I think we’re disappointed.”
“I think I said yesterday that we wanted to use it, but that decision was taken out of my hands today.
“I showed up at the stadium with the bracelet that I did wear and they told me that I had to wear it.
‘Look, it’s out of our control as players. I’m sure the FA and FIFA will continue those discussions, but more importantly today we focused on the game and we got a great result.”
The FA could not risk Kane being booked as it would have put him at risk of suspension for later stages of the tournament.
Instead, Kane donned a ‘No Discrimination’ armband during England’s win against Iran.
He eventually wore one of FIFA’s ‘non-discrimination’ bracelets. It is understood that the Tottenham captain understood and accepted the FA’s position.
“You’ve seen that in the last five years we’ve come to a stop as a team and we’ll continue to do that as long as we can,” Kane added.
“Today we also kneel, but sometimes these decisions do not depend on us and that is the final result.
“As a team our focus was on today’s game and I think we showed that we are a really good team and that we have a total focus on what we need to do.”
Asked if he was angry with FIFA, Kane added: “I’m not going to say words to get headlines.”
“I said I was disappointed that I couldn’t use it and that’s it.”