England captain Harry Kane will wear a OneLove armband at the World Cup in Qatar, although it could be banned by FIFA.
Last month the FA announced the England skipper would wear a rainbow captain’s armband during the tournament as part of an anti-discrimination initiative – which nine other nations are also taking part in.
Despite the fact that FIFA has yet to give its approval, the FA remain committed to Kane wearing the armband – even at the risk of potential fines.
The OneLove bracelets are used to promote diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination in Qatar – where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalised.
The armbands were worn at the final round of Nations League matches, with UEFA permission. However, FIFA has yet to give the green light for them to play in Qatar later this year, although England have written to them with their request.
Those involved, including Wales, Belgium and Sweden, could be banned from wearing the bands if permission is not granted.
They could even be banned from the tournament – but that prospect has been deemed “highly unlikely”. A delegation from the group is meeting with FIFA on Wednesday and will ask for an update.
Kane, who wore the armband during last month’s English Nations League games against Italy and Germany, said: “I’m honored to join my fellow captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign.
“As captains, we all compete against each other on the pitch, but together we stand against any form of discrimination. This is all the more true at a time when division in society is commonplace.”
The Netherlands launched the OneLove campaign ahead of Euro 2020.
It is the latest act of protest against Qatar and its treatment of migrant workers leading up to the tournament, with “thousands” reportedly injured or killed building infrastructure.
Last month, Denmark’s kit supplier Hummel unveiled a monochromatic kit for the World Cup in a bold protest against the host country.
The new red kit draws inspiration from its success at Euro 92 when Denmark won their only major title, but its logo and detailing are barely visible.
An all-black design, which Hummel says means the ‘color of mourning’, will be her third kit in Qatar.