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Human rights groups believe the FA has not been strong enough in its response to the Qatari controversy

The FA have been accused of not acting hard enough against the inhumanity that has overshadowed preparations for the World Cup.

The Football Association of England yesterday issued its long-awaited statement on the human rights abuses that took place ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

The FA pledged to lobby for health and safety legislation following the abuse of migrant workers at FIFA and confirmed captain Harry Kane would wear a ‘One Love’ armband throughout the tournament, significant as homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.

However, the moves were met with a lukewarm reception from supporters and human rights groups – with Stonewall and Amnesty International pointing out that the FA had come up short.

Sportsmail has also learned that some senior England players feel the FA has not done enough to shield them from criticism.

FA chief Mark Bullingham defended the statement last night, insisting suggestions they hadn’t been tough enough were unfair.

Demanding compensation for any injuries or deaths to workers on World Cup-related construction projects, the FA said it would push for the creation of a center for migrant workers in Qatar. They also promised to meet migrant workers at their training base in Qatar.

Regarding the One Love armband, Kane will join the captains of the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales in the anti-discrimination gesture, starting with tomorrow’s Nations League game against Italy in Milan. The One Love campaign was originally a Dutch idea, but was adopted by other European nations.

Kane said: “I am honored to join my fellow captains in supporting the important One Love campaign. We may all compete with each other, but together we stand against all forms of discrimination.

“This is all the more relevant at a time when division in society is commonplace. Wearing the bracelet together sends a clear message with the world watching.”

However, there was no collective statement from the players or manager Gareth Southgate (left). The latter will probably address the issue today.

Amnesty International welcomed the FA statement but felt they could have taken a firmer stance. Amnesty UK’s Felix Jakens said: “It is obviously to be welcomed that the FA is actively trying to promote inclusion and anti-discrimination and it is important that this is extended to the World Cup. But the FA must now specifically support a FIFA compensation fund for abused workers and the families of those who died to make the World Cup possible.’

Liz Ward, director of programming at Stonewall, said: “We must remember that Qatar is a country where LGBTQ+ people are persecuted simply for being themselves. Unfortunately, this year’s tournament isn’t safe for everyone, which is why it’s so important to see Harry Kane, who pledges to wear an anti-discrimination armband – even if the Rainbow itself is still banned.

“The global sports community must speak out against the criminalization and persecution of LGBTQ+ people in Qatar. It will take more than bracelets to end discrimination, but these are positive steps by the FA.’

Sources have also indicated that England players feel they have been publicly criticized for issues outside their jurisdiction.

“It’s not the players’ fault that the World Cup is being held in Qatar, but they’re the ones getting all the flak,” said an insider. “If a player said he was withdrawing from the tournament, the FA would simply replace him. You can’t win.”

Asked about the overwhelming response to the FA’s statement, Bullingham said: “I’m not sure I think that’s fair. We think what we have announced reflects the requirements of what we were asked to do.’

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