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Harry Kane to put on anti-discrimination armband at Qatar World Cup

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England captain Harry Kane will put on an anti-discrimination armband through the group’s World Cup matches in Qatar this winter.

The Football Affiliation has joined 9 different European federations, together with the Soccer Affiliation of Wales, in supporting a season-long OneLove marketing campaign towards discrimination.

Kane and the captains of the eight different nations who’ve certified for the World Cup will put on the OneLove armband in Qatar, the place same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships, are criminalised. He’ll put on the armband for the primary time in Friday night time’s Nations League match towards Italy.

Kane mentioned: “I’m honoured to affix my fellow nationwide group captains in supporting the necessary OneLove marketing campaign.

“As captains we could all be competing towards one another on the pitch, however we stand collectively towards all types of discrimination.

“That is much more related at a time when division is widespread in society. Sporting the armband collectively on behalf of our groups will ship a transparent message when the world is watching.”

The FA continues to request extra element on the assurances given by the native organising committee that each one followers, together with these from the LGBTQ+ group, can be welcome, secure and safe in Qatar.

Germany’s Thilo Kehrer and Jonas Hofmann pose with the group’s captain’s armband for the FIFA World Cup Qatar (Image: Getty)

FA chief government Mark Bullingham mentioned his organisation was additionally lobbying the sport’s world governing physique FIFA for an replace relating to a compensation scheme for migrant staff in Qatar and the creation of a centre to assist these staff entry assist.

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‘We proceed to push for the precept of compensation for the households of migrant staff who’ve misplaced their lives or have been injured in development tasks,’ he mentioned.

‘Once more, we’re pushing FIFA for an replace on the compensation fund which has been constantly referenced as a security web the place staff and their households have been unable to safe compensation from the development firms.’

Gareth Southgate has voiced his concern at Qatar’s file on sure human rights points (Image: Getty)

Human rights organisations together with Amnesty Worldwide have referred to as on FIFA to put aside 440 million US {dollars} (£388m) to assist a compensation fund and assist set up a migrant staff centre.

The quantity is equal to the prize cash on supply to groups on the World Cup.
The FA mentioned a gaggle of migrant staff had been invited to England’s World Cup coaching base at Al Wakrah to fulfill the gamers.

Amnesty welcomed the FA’s stance on discrimination and migrant employee rights.
The organisation’s head of precedence campaigns, Felix Jakens, mentioned: ‘The FA’s pledge to assist efforts to treatment abuses suffered by 1000’s of abroad staff in Qatar – together with with a Migrant Staff’ Centre – could possibly be important, however we nonetheless have to see whether or not that is significantly taken up both by the Qatari authorities or by FIFA.

‘Human rights points have plagued preparations for this World Cup, and we’ve beforehand been dissatisfied by years of FA reticence and over-optimistic statements about ‘progress’ in Qatar.

‘Unexplained migrant employee deaths, staff being cheated of their wages and others working extraordinarily lengthy hours are simply among the points that Qatar’s patchily-enforced labour legal guidelines are nonetheless failing to deal with.

‘Prime-flight soccer is immensely wealthy and genuinely influential, and FIFA ought to have insisted on human rights clauses when it initially assessed Qatar’s internet hosting bid.’


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