England’s Harry Kane and the captains of the group’s seven other World Cup-qualified sides will wear the armbands in Qatar.
The Football Association said on Wednesday that England’s Harry Kane and other European team captains will wear “OneLove” armbands at the World Cup in Qatar to combat discrimination. Homosexuality is outlawed in the Gulf state, and organizers have struggled to ensure rights groups that same-sex couples will face no consequences during the event, which begins on November 20. Ten European countries, including England, France, and Germany, have joined forces to support the season-long OneLove campaign, which features an armband with a multi-colored heart.
Kane and the captains of the group’s seven other World Cup-qualified sides will wear the armbands in Qatar.
“I am honored to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the crucial OneLove initiative,” Kane stated ahead of Friday’s Nations League encounter against Italy.
“As captains, we may be fighting against each other on the field, but we stand united in our opposition to all types of prejudice.”
“This is especially important at a time when societal divisiveness is rampant.” When the world is watching, wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear statement.”
The OneLove initiative, launched in the Netherlands ahead of Euro 2020, was a “visible expression of support for inclusiveness in football,” according to Mark Bullingham, chief executive of England’s Football Association.
He also stated that the FA would continue to advocate for the notion of compensation for migrant workers and their families who died or were injured on construction sites.
Qatar has been regularly chastised for the treatment of migrant workers but claims to have made significant improvements in recent years.