Sanjay Bhandari: Sinister abuse of power from FIFA over OneLove armband
FIFA has been accused of a sinister abuse of power in the OneLove armband row by Kick It Out.
The captains of seven nations, including England and Wales, had been due to wear the rainbow-coloured anti-discrimination armbands at the World Cup in Qatar, a country where same-sex relationships are criminalised.
However, the plans were dropped when it became apparent in the hours before Englands first match of the finals against Iran on Monday that sporting sanctions would be imposed.
The PA news agency understands a booking to the captain wearing the band would have only been the starting point of the sanctions, with Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and the other five skippers also set to have been prevented from entering the pitch wearing it.
Germany protested against FIFAs stance by covering their mouths for a team photo before their match against Japan on Wednesday, to highlight how they felt silenced. Wales have said they will not protest before their match against Iran on Friday, and it is unclear what England will do when they face the United States on Friday evening.
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