England are prepared to pay Fifa fines for wearing Harry Kane “OneLove” captain’s tie at the World Cup if they are denied permission to make their anti-discrimination statement.
FIFA has yet to respond to the request made three weeks ago for the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and Wales to replace the equipment provided by the world governing body as specified in the rules.
Qatar’s build-up to the tournament has faced criticism over its record on both migrant workers and the criminalization of same-sex relationships, and it is understood that England players and the Football Association feel so strongly about Kane wearing the armband that they will accept punishment to make their stand.
Kane will wear the armband for the Nations League matches after the tournament for the rest of the season and Uefa have given their permission to wear it for their competition. Uefa will have a working group delegation visit Fifa this week to press for an update on the matter.
The meeting will also discuss the working group’s request for progress on compensation for migrant workers and a migrant worker center in Doha.
Kane, who wears the “OneLove” armband in Qatar, has been accused of being “too vague” by anti-discrimination campaigners who say its design eschews the traditional LGBT+ equality flag colours.
Kane has previously insisted a “light will be shone” on the Gulf state and said permanent changes must be made to the treatment of migrant workers. He wore the armband during the games against Italy and Germany during the final international break in the final games before Qatar for Gareth Southgate’s side.
Denmark have since revealed that their kit for the tournament is designed to protest Qatar’s human rights record and will mourn the deaths of migrant workers who built stadiums for the tournament.
Their famous red kit will not feature the iconic chevrons they won Euro 1992 in and the country’s crest will match the rest of the shirt. “We do not want to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of lives,” Hummel said in a statement.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Succession (SC) in Qatar has disputed Hummel’s statement.