FA and FAW retain plans for LGBTQ+ support despite OneLove climbdown

FA and FAW retain plans for LGBTQ+ support despite OneLove climbdown

The FA and the FAW have not given up on their plans to show a message of support for the LGBTQ+ community while at the World Cup in Qatar - despite backing down in their dispute with FIFA over the One Love armband.

High-level discussions continued until a few hours before kick-off in England's opening game against Iran, before the FA admitted defeat and decided Harry Kane should not wear the heart-shaped logo with rainbow colours.

FIFA threatened "sporting sanctions" if Kane or any of the other seven European nations involved wore the armband

Article 13.8.1 of the FIFA Equipment Regulations states: "For FIFA Final Competitions, the captain of each Team must wear the captain's armband provided by FIFA."

Sky Sports News was told that FIFA officials were adamant that wearing the One Love armband would be a straightforward breach of their rules, and that if it was allowed, it would set a precedent for other nations to wear any political message they wanted on the armband.

Furthermore, despite reports suggesting Kane might have been booked for wearing a non-FIFA armband, we understand the sanction might have actually been much stronger - possibly a one-match ban.

But FA officials are known to be furious about the late decision, which embarrassed them after they had committed to wear the armband whatever punishment came their way.