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Kane and other World Cup captains would not have been allowed on PITCH with OneLove armbands

England captain Harry Kane and other World Cup captains wouldn't even have been allowed on the football pitch if they had worn their OneLove armbands at the World Cup in Qatar.

Revealed: Harry Kane and other World Cup captains wouldn’t even have been allowed on the PITCH if they wore OneLove armbands

England captain Harry Kane and other World Cup captains wouldn’t even have been allowed on the football pitch if they had worn their OneLove armbands during the World Cup.

The England football team had planned to wear the LGBTQ+ armband with six other European teams such as Germany and Denmark at the Qatar World Cup before the campaign was scrapped when FIFA threatened to distribute yellow cards to players.

And now it has emerged that the penalties would have been much harsher than expected.

England captain Harry Kane and other World Cup captains wouldn't even have been allowed on the football pitch if they had worn their OneLove armbands at the World Cup in Qatar.

England captain Harry Kane and other World Cup captains wouldn’t even have been allowed on the football pitch if they had worn their OneLove armbands at the World Cup in Qatar.

Kane, Wales captain Gareth Bale and the other five skippers were reportedly prevented from entering the pitch while wearing the OneLove armband, it is understood.

It comes after it was revealed that six FIFA officials were dispatched to the headquarters of the England football team on Monday before their match against Iran to threaten “drastic sanctions”.

The German Football Federation (DFB) claimed earlier this week that England and other teams faced ‘extreme blackmail’ or ‘massive penalties’ which led to them abandoning the gesture.

Germany protested FIFA’s stance by covering their mouths for a team photo ahead of their game against Japan on Wednesday, to underline how silenced they felt.

It’s unclear what England will do against USA on Friday night.

Kane, Wales captain Gareth Bale and the other five skippers were reportedly prevented from entering the pitch while wearing the OneLove armband, it is understood

Kane, Wales captain Gareth Bale and the other five skippers were reportedly prevented from entering the pitch while wearing the OneLove armband, it is understood

Sanjay Bhandari, chairman of the Kick It Out campaign against discrimination in football, responded to a tweet suggesting OneLove captains face ‘unlimited liability’ for the armbands and wrote on Twitter: ‘What FIFA did goes beyond not living one’s values ​​and is a sinister abuse of power meant to silence – hence the German gag protest.

“I guess if you hang around autocratic dictators long enough, you start picking up some of their habits.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino received an Order of Friendship medal from Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019 and has been accused of bowing to the sensitivity of the Qatari state over the sale of alcohol in stadiums during the World Cup and in the armband row.

He also explained in an extraordinary press conference last Saturday how he tried to bring the Women’s World Cup matches to North Korea.

The Football Association has rejected a suggestion that chief executive Mark Bullingham skipped a meeting with FIFA where armbands were discussed in October.

Germany protested FIFA's stance by covering their mouths for a team photo ahead of their game against Japan on Wednesday, to underline how silenced they felt.

Germany protested FIFA’s stance by covering their mouths for a team photo ahead of their game against Japan on Wednesday, to underline how silenced they felt.

The October 12 rally brought together members of UEFA’s Qatar task force, which includes members of the OneLove group.

But it was not a full working group meeting and was convened at short notice, with Bullingham pledging to address 800 FA staff in person at a conference for the first time in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The meeting was to discuss a series of outstanding issues, of which the armband was just one. The group was also seeking clarification on commitments related to a support center and compensation fund for migrant workers, and reassurance about the safety of LGBTQ+ fans in Qatar.

While the FA and other OneLove countries had not received a clear answer, they arrived in Qatar prepared for off-pitch sanctions in the form of fines for wearing the armband.

This remained the case until Sunday, when rumors began to circulate that sporting sanctions would be imposed instead, which was confirmed to the associations by FIFA on Monday.

“The October 12 meeting was never a full UEFA working group meeting,” the FA said.

“It was a short-notice meeting with FIFA to try to resolve all outstanding issues, of which the armband was one.” Three countries represented the group at the meeting and the armband issue was not resolved.

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