England captain Harry Kane to wear rainbow-coloured ‘OneLove’ armband at Qatar 2022 World Cup with eight other skippers taking part

    Harry Kane will wear an anti-discrimination armband during England’s World Cup matches in Qatar.

    It will be in support of the OneLove campaign against discrimination, with the captains of nine other nations also taking part, including Wales, throughout the tournament this winter.

    Kane spoke about the reasons why he will be wearing the armband in Qatar

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    Kane spoke about the reasons why he will be wearing the armband in Qatar

    It will be particularly poignant that they will be wearing the rainbow-coloured armband in Qatar, where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships, are criminalised.

    Three Lions captain Kane will wear the armband for the first time in Friday night’s Nations League match against Italy.

    The England and Tottenham striker said: “I am honoured to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign.

    “As captains we may all be competing against each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination.

    “This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.”

    Meanwhile, the Football Association is continuing to request more detail on the assurances given by the local organising committee that all fans, including those from the LGBTQ+ community, will be welcome, safe and secure in Qatar.

    Kane is three England goals from matching Wayne Rooney’s record of 53

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    Kane is three England goals from matching Wayne Rooney’s record of 53

    FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said his organisation was also lobbying the game’s global governing body FIFA for an update regarding a compensation scheme for migrant workers in Qatar and the creation of a centre to help those workers access support.

    “We continue to push for the principle of compensation for the families of migrant workers who have lost their lives or have been injured in construction projects,” he said.

    “Again, we are pushing FIFA for an update on the compensation fund which has been consistently referenced as a safety net where workers and their families have been unable to secure compensation from the construction companies.”

    Qatar is all set to host the World Cup, which begins in November

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    Qatar is all set to host the World Cup, which begins in November

    The FA said a group of migrant workers had been invited to England’s World Cup training base at Al Wakrah to meet the players.

    It follows calls by human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, for FIFA to set aside $440million (£388m) to support a compensation fund and help establish a migrant workers centre.

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