FA prepared to accept possible punishment for wearing the OneLove armband in Qatar

England are ready to wear an anti-discrimination armband at the World Cup in Qatar even if FIFA is penalized for doing so.

The game’s global governing body has yet to give the captains of nine European nations, including England and Wales, approval to wear the OneLove armbands in a country where same-sex relationships are criminalised.

The Football Association wrote to FIFA three weeks ago asking for permission to wear the armband at the World Cup, but has yet to receive a response.

However, the PA news agency understands the FA is prepared to face a fine or other sanction imposed by FIFA and will let England captain Harry Kane wear the armband.

The other European countries in the OneLove are also ready to defy FIFA should they deny approval for the armbands to be worn for the entire 2022-23 international season, not just the World Cup.

The issue is to be discussed at a meeting of the FIFA and UEFA working group on Qatar in Zurich on Wednesday. The FA is part of the working group but not represented at this week’s meeting.

The working group continues to urge FIFA to honor promises it allegedly made privately regarding measures to support migrant workers in Qatar.

Since the country won the tournament in 2010, human rights groups have highlighted the plight of migrants involved in building Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure. Amnesty International has asked FIFA to allocate US$440m (almost £400m) – the equivalent of its World Cup prize pool – to support the workers and their families.

The UEFA working group supported Amnesty’s call for the establishment of a center to help workers with labor problems and a compensation scheme to support those who have suffered work-related injuries and the families of workers who have lost their lives.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/england-qatar-harry-kane-wales-zurich-b2199870.html FA prepared to accept possible punishment for wearing the OneLove armband in Qatar

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