England light up Wembley in rainbow colours amid armband row

England light up Wembley in rainbow colours amid armband row

England light up Wembley in rainbow colours in protest against FIFA and human rights in Qatar after captain Harry Kane was banned from wearing ‘OneLove’ armband at the World Cup

  • The Wembley arch has been lit up in rainbow colours as a protest against FIFA
  • It comes after threats of ‘unlimited punishment’ for wearing OneLove armbands
  • Some fans have criticised the FA for making an ’empty gesture’ at Wembley
  • Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the World Cup clash between England and USA 

England have lit up the Wembley arch in rainbow colours as a protest after the FA were warned Harry Kane would face serious punishment for wearing a One Love armband at the Qatar World Cup.

The FA revealed today that players who wore the armbands, which were intended to show support for inclusivity in a country where same-sex marriage is illegal, would have been given at least a yellow card.

Harry Kane had planned to take part in the protest as England captain, but backed down as he could have been stopped from playing and face an ‘unlimited’ punishment.

The striker was seen wearing a rainbow Rolex ahead of Friday’s clash against the USA, which may have been intended as a protest.

Speaking to ITV today, FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said that FIFA: ‘ran us through a scenario where at a minimum anyone wearing the armband would be booked and face disciplinary action on top of that.

‘It was unlimited. They would take disciplinary action against any player that was wearing the armband on top of having a yellow card.’

‘It’s not clear though they just said they would take disciplinary action and obviously there’s unlimited liability effectively in that action.’

For some fans, the protest at Wembley was a weak gesture from the FA after their change of stance on the armbands.

‘Don’t have the balls to make a proper stand for equality, so make a meaningless gesture instead’, said one fan, while others pointed out the stand would make little difference given that it was ‘thousands of miles’ from Qatar. 

It was also labelled an ’empty gesture’ and ‘unbelievable’ by fans frustrated by England’s backing down after initially committing to wearing the One Love armbands. 

There have been protests from other sides, with Germany warming up in rainbow clothing and  putting their hands over their mouths during the team picture.

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