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England's Harry Kane and other captains could be BANNED from wearing OneLove armbands

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England’s Harry Kane and other captains may be banned from wearing rainbow-colored OneLove bracelets to promote diversity and inclusion during Qatar’s World Cup because FIFA has not yet given them permission

  • Captains of 10 nations at the World Cup plan to wear rainbow bracelets
  • It is part of an anti-discrimination initiative started by the Dutch National Team
  • England, Wales, Germany and France are among the countries that support it
  • But FIFA has not yet given them permission to wear armbands in Qatar
  • The host country of this year’s World Cup does not allow same-sex relationships
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

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England captains – and many other countries – could be banned from wearing their OneLove bracelets during the World Cup.

Sports post understands that no authorization has yet been given by FIFA for Harry Kane and other skippers to wear the armbands, which promote diversity and inclusion and are anti-discrimination, in Qatar – where same-sex relations and the promotion of same-sex relations are punishable posed .

Now England and countries like Germany, Wales and France are on a serious collision course, both with world football’s governing body and with the Gulf state itself, with the tournament just two months away.

The armbands will be worn during the final round of Nations League matches, with UEFA’s permission.

However, the green light has not yet been given by FIFA, despite England having written to them with their request.

England captain Harry Kane will wear a rainbow 'OneLove' bracelet during upcoming UEFA Nations League matches, but FIFA has not yet given permission to wear them at the World Cup

England captain Harry Kane will wear a rainbow ‘OneLove’ bracelet during upcoming UEFA Nations League matches, but FIFA has not yet given permission to wear them at the World Cup

England and nine other European countries have joined the 'OneLove' campaign

England and nine other European countries have joined the 'OneLove' campaign

England and nine other European countries have joined the ‘OneLove’ campaign

According to FIFA rules, permission must be given before the bracelets are worn.

The data subjects, including Denmark, Belgium and Sweden, may be prohibited from wearing the bands if permission is not granted.

And they could even be banned from the tournament, but that prospect is deemed “highly unlikely.”

The situation has already set off a diplomatic storm. In 2018, the FA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatar Football Association.

Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum wears the rainbow bracelet during a match in June

Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum wears the rainbow bracelet during a match in June

Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum wears the rainbow bracelet during a match in June

Migrant workers sleep on the sidewalks in Qatar's capital, where the World Cup is being held

Migrant workers sleep on the sidewalks in Qatar's capital, where the World Cup is being held

Migrant workers sleep on the sidewalks in Qatar’s capital, where the World Cup is being held

That agreement was seen as a “cooperation agreement” and officials in the Gulf state are said to be “deeply unimpressed” because they were not consulted about the bracelets.

The ball is now believed to be in Qatar’s court. They are expected to contact FIFA about next steps.

The Netherlands started the OneLove campaign ahead of Euro 2020.

England has announced that migrant workers will be invited to their World Cup base in Qatar

England has announced that migrant workers will be invited to their World Cup base in Qatar

England has announced that migrant workers will be invited to their World Cup base in Qatar

“I am honored to join my fellow national team captains in support of the important OneLove campaign,” said Kane, who will wear the bracelet tomorrow night when England take on Italy.

“As captains, we may all be fighting each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination.

‘That is all the more relevant at a time when divisions in society are commonplace.’