England captain Harry Kane appeared wearing a black armband reading ‘No Discrimination’ at England’s first match against Iran in Group B. It came after a plan for the captain to wear an armband reading “OneLove”.
The build-up to the match has been somewhat overshadowed by the situation regarding the OneLove captain’s armband, which was initially to be worn by Kane before the FA backtracked on their plans despite previously insisting it would go ahead regardless. of FIFA’s position on the matter.
An official statement from the FA read: “FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch.
“As national associations, we cannot put our players in a position where they may face sporting sanctions, including bookings, which is why we have asked captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup matches. .
“We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to infringements of the kit rules and we had a firm commitment to wear the armband. However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they could be booked or even forced to to leave the field of play”. .”
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