2022-11-24 17:46:56

England could still make OneLove statement during World Cup - Gareth Southgate

By James Olley

Gareth Southgate has not ruled out the prospect of England making a gesture to replace the aborted OneLove armband but warned against nations competing against each other to be seen to be doing something.

On the morning of England's first game against Iran on Monday, the seven European countries committed to wearing a specially-designed rainbow anti-discrimination armband backed down amid threats from FIFA that captains could be sanctioned with at least a yellow card in every game.

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Although England took a knee before kick-off against Iran to continue a longstanding commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, Southgate's side opted against replacing the OneLove armband with another demonstration, such as Germany's players covering their mouths in their prematch team photo prior to facing Japan.

Last month, Australia released a three-minute video highlighting Qatar's human rights record, treatment of migrant workers and restrictions on the LGBTQ+ community and following calls for England to act when playing the USMNT at Al Bayt Stadium here in Doha on Friday, Southgate said: I think we've spoken on these particular topics for over a year.

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