Mon 21 November 2022 | 10:29

World Cup teams abandon "OneLove" armband after FIFA threat

England and other eighth European nations have confirmed that their captains will not wear OneLove rainbow armbands at the 2022 World Cup.


Germany, the Netherlands, and other European nations have backed down from wearing the ‘OneLove’ armband after FIFA indicated they could face sporting sanctions.

Harry Kane

was among the captains of nine European nations planning to wear the rainbow armbands in the

World Cup

to promote inclusivity and support the LGBTQ community.

On Saturday, FIFA asked captains to wear a different armband on each match day, promoting social messages such as “Football unites the world” and “Share the meal” in a United Nations-backed campaign but England and Wales had still planned to wear the rainbow armband.

The FA announced on Monday that they would be prepared to receive a fine but after FIFA said captains will be given an automatic yellow card, they decided to not wear OneLove rainbow armbands.

A statement from the FA read:

“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play.

“As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.

“We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband. However we cannot put our players in the situation where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play.

“We are very frustrated by the FIFA decision which we believe is unprecedented — we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our wish to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, and had no response.

“Our players and coaches are disappointed — they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show support in other ways.”

The ‘OneLove’ campaign was started prior to Euro 2020 and was supported by the national teams of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Wales, Sweden,, and Switzerland. Same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalised in Qatar.

England will open their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday.

source: SportMob

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