Keith Hackett claims that Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur will not be wearing a “One Love” captain’s armband for England at the World Cup.
The former UEFA and World Cup official asserts that the football governing body would readily disregard a political problem and will want the captains to wear armbands bearing their emblem.
Kane will wear the armbands, along with the captains of nine other European countries, as England said last week in order to “encourage inclusiveness and deliver a statement against prejudice.” The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales are among the nine nations.
In Qatar, the country hosting the World Cup in November, homosexuality is prohibited. Additionally, charges of human rights violations against the stadium’s construction workers have surfaced.
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And now, former PGMOL head, the governing body for officials in English football, Hackett has given his opinion on what FIFA might try to do, while speaking to Football Insider.
“I think it’s likely that Fifa will likely try to restrict it. At the tournament, through their processes they will say ‘Sorry, no, the captain’s have to wear the armbands that are designated by the competition’. There is a clear political issue here that the governing body here, Fifa, are ignoring and have ignored from day one. They’ve gone through the process, given them the final and they should have said it in year one ‘You can have the World Cup, providing you meet these scenarios’. But it’s about money.”
It won’t come as a surprise to see the governing body get involved in this situation. When Qatar earned the opportunity to host the competition, many doubts were raised, but they will yet be answered.
FIFA may punish the squad or captains for donning the unique band, although that is yet to be seen. Such politically driven behaviour shouldn’t be allowed in the game because it is open to all players regardless of their gender identity or sexual preference.