England and Wales should not wear the ‘OneLove’ armband.

England’s Football Association scraps plans to support LGBTQ+ rights by wearing ‘OneLove’ armband at World Cup final Qatar through fear, players wearing it will receive yellow cards. The FA said it was prepared to accept fines to allow players to wear the armband, but once changed its policy FIFA threatened to replace fines with yellow and possibly red cards.

In a joint statement with the Football Association of Wales and other European football associations, the English Football Association said: “FIFA has made it very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear armbands on the field of play. As national federations, we can’ We do not put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including cautions, so we have asked captains not to try to wear armbands at FIFA World Cup games,” the football associations said in a joint statement. England, Walesbelgium, Denmark, GermanyThe Netherlands and Switzerland are reading.

“We are very disappointed by FIFA’s decision, which we believe is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our desire to wear the One Love armband to actively support inclusion in football and have not received a response.”

FIFA asked that all captains wear different armbands on each match day, promoting positive messages including “Football brings the world together”, “Share the food” and “Bring the moves”. It was even suggested that an official could be sent to the locker room before the game to remove any of the “OneLove” armbands.

England captain Harry Kane spoke about his desire to wear the armband, saying: “We have made it clear as a team, staff and organization that we want to wear the armband. “I know the FA are talking to FIFA now and I’m sure they’ll make their decision before tomorrow’s game. I think we made it clear that we want to wear it.”

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, who is in charge of his third major international with England, said: “I know there are talks. I think a number of European countries have spoken. We clearly expressed our position.”

England will now not wear the armband in their Group B match against Iran. Wales have also announced they will not be wearing it either, meaning Gareth Bale will be wearing a different armband when they face the United States on November 21. England and Wales should not wear the ‘OneLove’ armband.

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