2022-11-25 04:00:00

England captain Harry Kane urged to show more support for LGBT+ community as FIFA slammed

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The Mirror
By Jacob Leeks

Openly gay footballer Collin Martin has called on England captain Harry Kane to show more support for the LGBT+ community ahead of their clash with the United States.

Kane had been set to wear a One Love armband at the World Cup, but FIFA threatened sporting sanctions to stop the striker doing so. Those threats have added to the feeling of ill-will, especially as the tournament is being held in Qatar, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be LGBT+.

Martin came out more than four years ago, while playing in the MLS, and has been left furious by the debacle. The San Diego Loyal midfielder is one of just four active openly gay professional footballers and believes that FIFA has harmed the progress that has been made.

I mean it's pretty crazy to me that they wouldn't just allow any type of representation from these countries. These countries are wanting to support the LGBTQ community in a small way, Martin told Mirror Football .

To me the armband is not going to solve the issues, it's not going to drastically change people's lives but it's symbolism and it is going to stand for something. Especially for people in the countries of these teams.

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