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Harry Kane could have faced sterner sanctions for wearing ‘OneLove’ armband

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England captain Harry Kane could have faced sterner sanctions than being booked for wearing the ‘OneLove’ armband in their World Cup opener against Iran as manager Gareth Southgate said the team remain committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community.Southgate has not ruled out his England team making a gesture to highlight human rights concerns in Qatar, as other nations have, but says they will not be pressured into doing so.The German team covered their mouths for the team photo before their opening World Cup match against Japan on Wednesday, while the Australia squad released a video highlighting issues in the host country.Seven European nations competing at the World Cup – including Germany, England and Wales – planned to wear OneLove anti-discrimination armbands during the tournament, but were dissuaded from doing so following the threat of sporting sanctions from FIFA.The PA news agency understands the sporting punishment for Kane – as well as Wales captain Gareth Bale and the other nations who had signed up to the campaign – if he had worn the OneLove armband could have been more harsh than just a yellow card.The booking would also have been issued in the dressing room before kick-off, meaning the skipper would not have been able to treat it as a chance to show an act of defiance by wearing the armband.“I don’t know all the ins and outs because I wasn’t in the meeting but there was definitely a feel there were sanctions and not all of those were really clear,” said Southgate.That's not to say we won't do anything moving forward if the timing's right, but I think we are rushing to be seen to be doing something, we could make an error that doesn't land well.“So the decision was taken out of the hands of Harry.

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