FIFA has seemingly got its own way in the ongoing OneLove armband saga that has dominated headlines ahead of England’s 2022 Qatar World Cup opener against Iran on Monday. The FA is ready to instruct Harry Kane to snub the armband to avoid sporting sanctions after ‘threats’ from the governing body.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Monday morning, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham admitted that England would have to find ‘another way to show our values’ if FIFA’s threats of sporting sanctions are real. He said: “It is a very live situation, and there are discussions that are carrying on. We are working through those issues right now.
“It is true that FIFA did say that there could be sporting sanctions, and that’s obviously something that we’ve got to work through. We’ve been clear that we want to wear the armband, it’s important to us, but equally, we need to work towards the discussions right and see where we end up.
“Those discussions are going on. As I’ve said, we are keen to wear the armband, but obviously, we would need to consider the implications. Normally in this kind of situation, there would be a fine to be paid, and we would be happy to do that. If the sporting sanctions are real, we need to look at that, step back and see if there’s another way to show our values.”
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