According to reports, England captain Harry Kane could have faced a one-game World Cup ban if he deliberately breached FIFA rules by wearing the OneLove armband during his country’s clash against Iran on Monday. Instead, Kane wore a FIFA-approved Non-Discrimination armband as the Three Lions won 6-2.
According to sky sports, a FIFA committee would likely have been asked to pass judgment on a deliberate violation of the rules and hand down a sanction if Kane had worn the OneLove armband. And world soccer’s governing body could have handed out a one-match ban, meaning the player would not have been available for his country’s clash with the United States on Friday.
Before the tournament, England had insisted that Kane wear the OneLove armband to promote diversity and inclusion during matches. But just three hours before its showdown with Iran, the football associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland issued a joint statement confirming they would not use it.
“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” the statement read.
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“We are very frustrated by FIFA’s decision, which we believe is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our desire to use the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football, and received no response. Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong supporters of inclusion and will show their support in other ways.”
England were frustrated in the early stages of their clash with Iran, but finally broke through after 35 minutes when Jude Bellingham headed in. Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling added more goals before the break, with Saka scoring his country’s fourth just after the hour mark. Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish also got their names on the Three Lions score sheet, with Mehdi Taremi scoring a brace for Iran.
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