FIFA has apparently gotten its way in the OneLove armband saga that has dominated the headlines ahead of England’s Qatar 2022 World Cup opening match against Iran on Monday. The FA are keen to instruct Harry Kane to snub the bracelet to avoid sporting sanctions following ‘threats’ from the governing body.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Monday morning, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham admitted England would have to find “another way to show our values” if FIFA’s threats of sporting sanctions are real. He said: “It’s a very live situation, and there are discussions going on. We’re working on those issues right now.”
“It is true that FIFA did say that there could be sports sanctions and that is something that we obviously have to work on. We’ve been clear that we want to wear the bracelet, it’s important to us, but equally, we need to work towards the right discussions and see where we end up.
“Those discussions are continuing. As I said, we are looking forward to wearing the bracelet, but obviously, we would have to consider the implications. Normally, in this type of situation, a fine would have to be paid, and we would be happy to do that. If sporting sanctions are real, we need to look at that, take a step back and see if there’s another way to show our values.”
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