Monday, 17 June

England and Harry Kane banned from wearing OneLove armband as FA left 'deeply frustrated'

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FIFA have ruled that OneLove armbands should not be worn at the World Cup

FIFA have ruled that OneLove armbands should not be worn at the World Cup.

The FA has been told that players will not be allowed to wear a OneLove armband at the World CupHarry Kane has declared that he will don the armband to show solidarity with minority groups that are criminalised in Qatar.

Fifa held a standard meeting with team officials on Sunday, where it was revealed that their regulations do not allow any extra equipment to be worn. The decision is thought to have left the FA ‘deeply frustrated’.

Harry Kane has spoken about how he intends to wear the OneLove armband, though did hint that he is waiting to hear whether FIFA will allow him to do so. He explained on Sunday: "I feel we've made it clear as a team, as a staff and as an organisation that we want to wear the armband.

"I know the FA are talking to FIFA at the moment. I'm sure by game time tomorrow they'll have their decision We've made it clear that we want to wear it." There are fears growing amongst European nations that their club captain will be issued a yellow card if they do strut onto the pitch with the armband, with Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk saying that if that is the case then he may need to reconsider his action.

That report is yet to be denied by FIFA, though it has left some questioning how they can convey their anti-discrimination message without being disciplined for it. Thus, it could fall with Kane to put that theory to the test when the Three Lions take on Iran on Monday.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has spoken out about the OneLove armbands too and ruled that the FA are happy to pay fines if it means that the England team can wear the armbands. He revealed that the FA sent a letter to FIFA over two months ago requesting permission to wear the armband but never received a response, explaining to Sky News: “They haven't given us any response to our letter. I think there's a possibility that we might be fined. And if we are, then we'll pay the fine. We think it's really important to show our values. And that's what we'll be doing."

FIFA attempted to launch a bid to compromise with those hoping to wear OneLove armbands, with different messages to be printed on each depending on the round of the competition. However, it is felt that those select slogans do not address the key matters that countries are keen to shed a light on.

In particular, those armbands do not have the rainbow colours printed on them, which was incorporated in the OneLove design to raise awareness of the LGTBQ+ community, who are heavily discriminated against by the Middle Eastern country.