England feared ‘unlimited liability’ on captains in dropping armband protest

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England, Wales and five other European nations feared their captains would be exposed to “unlimited liability” and would have faced suspensions if they had defied Fifa’s banning of the pro-diversity OneLove armband during the World Cup.

Despite facing criticism for backing down after coming under pressure from Fifa, the English Football Association’s options were limited by concerns that the sporting sanctions for Harry Kane could have been worse than an instant booking if the captain had worn the armband against Iran. There were also fears that Gareth Southgate’s side could have been prevented from entering the field.

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Written by Jacob Steinberg in Doha
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/nov/24/england-feared-unlimited-liability-on-captains-in-dropping-armband-protest under the title “England feared ‘unlimited liability’ on captains in dropping armband protest”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.