National Team Captains To Wear Anti-discrimination Armbands At The World Cup

By Chimezie Nebolisa
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English FA announced that England and other European team captains will wear “OneLove” armbands during the World Cup in Qatar to fight discrimination.

European nations, including England, France and Germany have concluded plans to support OneLove campaign to promote inclusion, which features an armband with a multi-colouredheart.

Captains of the European nations who have qualified for the 2022 World Cup will wear the armbands in Qatar.

Reacting England national team captain, Harry Kane said: “I am honoured to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign. As captains we may all be competing against each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination. This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.”

Mark Bullingham, chief executive of England’s Football Association, said the OneLove campaign, introduced in the Netherlands before Euro 2020, was a “visible show of support for inclusion in football”.

Bullingham reiterated that the FA will continue to push for the principle of compensation for migrant workers and their families in relation to deaths and injuries suffered during construction projects.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup host nation Qatar has faced criticism over conditions for migrant workers, but insists it has made major improvements in recent years.

However, Human rights groups this week urged more sponsors of the World Cup to support calls for compensation for workers and their families over alleged abuses.