England will wait and see how they can be punished by FIFA before deciding whether or not to support the ‘OneLove’ anti-discrimination campaign at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The captains of nine European countries, including England and Wales, planned to wear the ‘OneLove’ rainbow bracelet in Qatar to promote diversity and inclusion.
However, on the eve of the World Cup, FIFA launched its own armband initiative. Captains have been asked to wear a different armband on each match day to promote social messages such as “Football unites the world” and “Share the meal” in a United Nations-backed campaign.
Germany captain Manuel Neuer said he would continue to wear his ‘OneLove’ armband regardless, while Wales also plans to have Gareth Bale wear the design against the United States. Harry Kane said on Sunday that England “as a team and staff and organization have made it clear that we want to wear the armband”.
But hours before England open their campaign with a match against Iran, the Football Association are in limbo over whether Kane will be allowed by FIFA to wear the ‘OneLove’ captain’s armband and – if not – what the sanction will be. to be. to be.
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A fine is something England are willing to accept for wearing the armband, but it has not yet been decided how the FA would proceed if sporting sanctions were threatened.
These sanctions could – according to the FIFA rule book – include Kane receiving an automatic yellow card if he takes to the field wearing the multicolored design instead of one of the FIFA-sanctioned armbands.
FIFA’s recent announcement that it was launching its own bracelet initiative puts the FA in a difficult position given their repeated support for the ‘OneLove’ campaign.
Kane wore the armband in both of England’s Nations League matches in September. In the same month, the FA, along with several other European countries, wrote to FIFA that they intended to support the World Cup campaign. And at one point there was optimism that these countries would get formal permission to wear the design.
But as the tournament got closer and the federations kept asking questions to FIFA, they got no answers.
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At this time, the FA publicly confirmed that England intended to wear the armband for all their World Cup matches and would be prepared to pay a fine if permission was not granted.
But this decision could be reversed if FIFA makes it clear that Kane will be booked for wearing the armband and it is believed there is great frustration with the FA to be in such a position so close to the opening game of the tournament to be located.
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk reaffirmed his plans to wear the armband against Senegal, but admitted he “would have to discuss it” ahead of future games if booked.
Launched ahead of Euro 2020, the ‘OneLove’ campaign is supported by the national teams of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Wales, Sweden and Switzerland.
The campaign was initially started by the Dutch Football Association, which in its own words “wants the makers to express their support for the unification of all people and at the same time to speak out against all forms of discrimination”.
The bracelet, which does not specifically refer to homophobia or other forms of discrimination, is a multicolored design with the words ‘OneLove’ and a number 1 in a heart.
Same-sex relationships and promoting same-sex relationships are criminal offenses in Qatar.
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