According to press reports, England captain Harry Kane and the rest of the captains of some European teams may be banned from wearing OneLove rainbow badges during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
According to the British Daily Mail, FIFA has not received permission to wear any pro-LGBT or anti-discrimination badges.
England’s Harry Kane and other captains may be PROHIBITED from wearing rainbow-colored OneLove armbands to promote diversity and inclusiveness during the World Cup in Qatar because they have not yet been given permission by FIFA. pic.twitter.com/ycwCyWeAu5
— D Real Kingrichwise ♏️ (@kingrichwise) September 22, 2022
The State of Qatar has previously stated that same-sex relationships are prohibited and punishable under the laws of the country, and Qatar called on all participants and expatriates to respect Qatari and Arab traditions in general.
Now England, Germany, Wales and France are on the dangerous path of clashing with both world football’s governing body and the Gulf state itself, just two months before the tournament.
Homosexuality badges will be worn in the UEFA Nations League final round with the approval of UEFA.
However, FIFA has not yet given the go-ahead to wear World Cup badges, although England has written to them with a request.
Ten European countries are participating through football in the OneLove One Love campaign to promote inclusion and fight discrimination.
The following countries participate in the promotion: Holland, England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales, whose teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the exception of Sweden and Norway.
The OneLove campaign was founded in the Netherlands in 2020 to “emphasize that all football fans have at least one thing in common (their love of football) and speak out against any form of discrimination.”