England captain Harry Kane reiterates commitment to wearing ‘OneLove’ armband at World Cup despite potential immediate yellow card as Football Association continues talks with FIFA
Harry Kane has reiterated his commitment to wearing the ‘OneLove’ armband during England’s World Cup campaign despite the potential repercussions involved.
The England striker is among captains of nine European nations considering wearing rainbow armbands in Qatar, where same-sex relationships are criminalized.
The FA are ready to be fined for the matter and have reiterated their decision to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband against discrimination despite FIFA announcing their own group on the eve of the tournament.
It has been reported that wearing the armband could result in an immediate booking before a ball is kicked, which could potentially cause havoc as two yellow cards result in a one game ban.
The FA are seeking clarification from football’s world governing body on the issue of a position Kane and manager Gareth Southgate are fully behind.
England skipper Kane said: “I think we’ve made it clear as a team, staff and organization that we want to wear the armband.
“I know the FA are talking to FIFA at the moment, and I’m sure by tomorrow’s game they will have their decision. But, yes, I think we’ve made it clear that we want to wear it.
Asked about his opinion given the apparent threat of a yellow card, the Southgate boss added: “I can’t add anything to what Harry has said.
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“I know there are ongoing conversations. I think a number of European countries have spoken.
“We have clarified our position, so hopefully everything will be resolved before the game.”
England kick off their World Cup campaign on Monday afternoon as they take on Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium, live on talkSPORT, kick off at 1pm.