Harry Kane and other participating captains have reportedly been told the 'One Love' armband will be banned at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar only a day out from England's opening match.
Tottenham Spurs and England star Kane was prepared to wear a 'One Love' armband to support LGBTIQ+ rights at the FIFA World Cup amidst the controversy surrounding Qatar's human rights record.
Homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country and according to the Human Dignity Trust the act is punishable by death in the Gulf nation.
The One Love sentiment was backed up by other players such as Netherlands captain Virgil Van Dijk and German captain Manuel Neur.
Other nations expected to join are Belgium, France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.
And Kane said England had already made their views clear.
"I thought we made it clear as a team, the staff and the organisation that we want to wear the armband. I know the FA are talking to FIFA at the moment," he said.
Denmark star Cristian Eriksen also confirmed his captain Simon Kjaer would be wearing the rainbow coloured armband.
“We as a country are wearing it, our captain will be wearing the OneLove armband,” Eriksen said about the peaceful protest.
“What the consequences will be I don’t know, but we’ll see.”
However, in a dramatic last moment move, FIFA has told captains they won't be able to wear the armband during the game, according to The UK Telegraph.
If a player does appear with the armband, referees could be forced to issue a yellow card immediately after the whistle.
This has sparked a row between football organisations and FIFA on the eve of games.
England coach Gareth Southgate said everyone would have to wait and see about the outcome.
"There's nothing I can add to what Harry said. I know there are conversations going on, I think a number of European countries have spoken," Southgate added.
"We have made our position clear."
Many following the development called for Kane to still wear the armband, regardless of the sanction.
Harry Kane - wear the armband. Take the booking. The fact this is even an issue and a discussion is a disgrace @FIFAWorldCup
— Sophie Barley (@SophieBarley) November 20, 2022
Uncertainty around if Harry Kane and Gareth Bale could be booked for wearing One Love armbands in their World Cup openers for breaching FIFA equipment rules. No comment from FIFA
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 20, 2022
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf has just told ZDF that Germany will stand by its original decision to have captain Manuel Neuer wear the One Love armband.
— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) November 20, 2022
So Kane and Neuer could be booked for wearing the OneLove armband!!!!
Football should unite people - not divide!
So sad that FIFA don’t get that https://t.co/wp88hAawg8
— Jan Aage Fjørtoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 💛💙 (@JanAageFjortoft) November 20, 2022
How can FIFA be against the “Onelove” armband? In today's world, we all living in we need more love to unite us, football can show that love because showing love is the ultimate respect for every human being exist and to each other! https://t.co/doHXZwTCKe
— Ramon Vega (@Ramon_Vega71) November 20, 2022
“Sporting sanctions may change stance…”
Utterly pathetic if England u-turn on the ‘OneLove’ armband because Kane might get a yellow card for wearing it… https://t.co/ceKqI9BZe5
— Declan Carr (@Declancarr96) November 20, 2022
They shouldn't be asking for permission to wear an unfamiliar 'OneLove' armband. They should wear rainbow armbands without asking for permission. https://t.co/uwCJGaieUi
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) November 20, 2022
While teams remain in the dark over the possible sanctions, England did confirm they will take a knee before their opening match.
England to kneel before whistle at FIFA World Cup
England have knelt before games since 2020, initially in solidarity with protests over George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and then in support of equality.
The gesture is no longer a feature before kickoffs in the Premier League, where it is selectively used, but Southgate believes it is important his team continue it at the World Cup.
"It's what we stand for as a team and have done for a long period of time," he told reporters on Sunday.
"We feel this is the biggest (stage) and we think it's a strong statement that will go around the world for young people, in particular, to see that inclusivity is very important."
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