Englishman Harry Kane and several other European captains have been banned from wearing the OneLove headband at the World Cup.


The captains of several European teams will not wear Bandages «OneLove» in world Cup in Qatar due to the danger of receiving yellow cards.

England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Wales were to take part in the OneLove campaign to promote inclusion and counter discrimination.

But the associations of those countries said in a statement on Monday that the armband with a striped heart of different colors, representing all heritage, lineage, gender and sexual identity, would not be worn in Qatar.

“FIFA [football’s global governing body] It was very clear that sporting sanctions would be imposed if our captains wore armbands on the playing field,” the joint statement said.

“As national federations, we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including warnings, which is why we have asked captains not to attempt to wear armbands in World Cup games.”

“We were willing to pay the fines that normally apply for equipment violations and were firmly committed to wearing the armband. However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they can be warned or even forced to leave the field,” the statement said.

The decision not to display the armband in Qatar was made hours before England’s first match against Iran, while Wales play the US and the Netherlands play Senegal later on Monday.

The countries said they were “disappointed” by what they called FIFA’s “unprecedented” decision to sanction captains if they wear armbands.

“In September, we wrote to FIFA informing them of our desire to wear the One Love headband to actively promote inclusiveness in football and received no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and will provide support in other ways,” the statement said.

France took part in the season’s campaign, but captain Hugo Lloris told reporters last week that he would “respect” the local culture during the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Football Association said on Monday it was “deeply disappointed” that captain Virgil van Dijk would receive a yellow card if he wore an armband on the pitch.

On the eve of the World Cup, Qatar – where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison. – has been criticized for his stance on LGBTQ rights.

A Human Rights Watch report released last month documented cases in which Qatari security forces arbitrarily arrested LGBT people and subjected them to “ill-treatment in detention” in September.

However, the country insists that “everyone is welcome” to the tournament, adding in a statement to CNN this month that “our track record has shown that we have warmly welcomed all people, regardless of background.”

A statement sent to CNN last week on behalf of the High Committee on Delivery and Heritage (SC), which has been in charge of overseeing infrastructure projects and World Cup planning since its inception in 2011, said it is committed to “an inclusive and non-discrimination the World Cup, pointing to the fact that the country, he said, has hosted hundreds of international and regional sporting events since the World Cup was awarded in 2010.

Around the same time, countries announced that their captains would not wear armbands in Qatar, FIFA launched its own “No Discrimination” campaign and stated that all 32 captains would be able to wear campaign-related armbands.

“I spoke on this topic with the leadership of the country. [Qatar] senior leadership,” said the FIFA president. Gianni Infantino at a press conference on Saturday.

“They have confirmed, and I can confirm, that everyone is welcome. If someone says the opposite, then this is not the opinion of the country and certainly not the opinion of FIFA.

But FIFA’s decision to sanction players for wearing the “OneLove” headband nevertheless sparked anger as the Football Supporters Association, the national representative body for football fans in England and Wales, said it “feels betrayed”.

“Since 2010, we have been raising questions about whether Qatar is suitable to host the World Cup,” the FSA said in a statement.

“Everyone could have foreseen this to happen and it’s amazing that on the morning of the opening day of the World Cup in England, FIFA censors players … who want to share a positive message.”

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