The Football Association is anticipating a fine from FIFA while Harry Kane could receive a yellow card if he wears a ‘One Love’ armband for England’s World Cup opener against Iran on Monday.
On the eve of England’s first game in Group B, the FA is understood to have been informed by FIFA that Kane is not permitted to wear the armband which is designed to promote diversity and inclusion.
However, just days before the tournament began, FIFA notified countries of their own armbands which were to be worn by captains for each game and included phrases such as ‘football unites the world’, ‘share the meal’ and ‘bring the moves’.
Under FIFA’s current laws, ‘no item [of playing kit or other clothing or equipment or otherwise] may be worn or used in any controlled area if Fifa considers that it is dangerous, offensive or indecent, includes political, religious, or personal slogans, statements, or images, or otherwise does not comply in full with the laws of the game’.
Players who go against that could receive a yellow card but Kane is adamant that he will wear the armband for England’s opening game against Iran on Monday.
‘We’ve made it clear as a team and a staff and organisation that we want to wear the armband,’ said Kane.
I think we’ve made it clear that we want to wear it.’
Speaking earlier in the day, the Holland captain Virgil van Dijk, whose side face Senegal on Monday, alluded to the risk of a booking for wearing the armband.
Meanwhile, Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk insists he will also wear the armband for his side’s first game in Group A against Senegal on Monday.
‘I think there’s a possibility that we might be fined.
And if we are, then we’ll pay the fine.