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    CRISTIANO RONALDO received a message of support from Al-Nassr captain Abdullah Madu after taking the armband from him. The Portuguese made his debut for Al Nassr in the 1-0 win over Ettifaq at the weekend. 2Cristiano Ronaldo immediately took over the captain's armbandCredit: Getty 2Abdullah Madu was happy for Ronaldo to take the armbandCredit: AFP And Ronaldo was named as the captain despite Madu also starting the game. After the match Ronaldo thanked fans for their support and Madu showed there were no hard feelings about passing over the captain's armband. CR7 wrote in an Instagram post: “First game, first win - well done guys. Thanks to all the fans for incredible support.” In the comments Madu responded by posting blue and yellow heart emojis - the colours of Al Nassr. Other team-mates showed support for the striker who has been welcomed with open arms to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mado has played for Al-Nassr since 2012 and helped the club win three Saudi Pro League titles. But he appears more than happy to give up his captaincy to accommodate...
    CHRIS EUBANK JR takes Pride in being one of British boxing’s most hated men - but insists none of his antics are an act. The 33-year-old Brighton man was dragged into a war of words with Liam Smith ahead of Saturday's middleweight showdown, accusing Liverpool’s 34-year-old former world champion of being unfaithful to his wife. 5Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith were involved in a heated press conference on ThursdayCredit: Reuters 5Former light-middleweight champ Smith made some homophobically-chared comments towards Eubank JrCredit: GETTY 5Eubank Jr donned a rainbow armband along with a Manchester United kit during Friday's weigh-insCredit: REUTERS 5Next Gen proudly sported the armbandCredit: REUTERS Smith had taken shots at Eubank Jr for allegedly having his hairline boosted by a tattoo and cast aspersions over his sexuality and friendship with Brazilian footballer Neymar. The ugly insults and suggestions are being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control, who could hit both fighters with fines for bringing the sport into disrepute. But Eubank Jr kept up the goading by wearing a Manchester United shirt to Friday’s weigh-in - earning...
    FA chair Debbie Hewitt wants to become the UK’s representative on Fifa - to ensure English football has a voice in the world’s corridors of power. Wembley boss Hewitt knows Fifa President Gianni Infantino from her role with sponsors Visa Europe. 2FA chair Debbie Hewitt wants to become the UK’s representative on FifaCredit: Splash But the lack of English power at Fifa was made clear by the armband row that dogged the build-up to the opening group game with Iran. And that has helped confirm the FA’s belief that it needs to regain the British vice-presidency role taken by Northern Ireland’s David Martin after Hewitt’s disgraced predecessor Greg Clarke was forced to quit in 2020. An FA spokeswoman said: “International football is a strategic priority for the FA. “Debbie Hewitt is standing for the position of Uefa British Vice President in the FIFA Council with the full support of the FA Board.“ The British vice presidency has been in place since the four Home nations joined Fifa in 1946 and despite threats a decade ago it remains firmly established as...
    HARRY KANE wore an 'Education For All' armband during England's World Cup clash with Senegal. The Three Lions captain has worn three different armbands at the World Cup. 3Harry Kane wore an 'Education For All' armband against SenegalCredit: EPA 3The England captain shared the message 'Protect Children' against WalesCredit: Getty 3Kane shared a 'No Discrimination' message against Iran and USACredit: Getty Eagle-eyed fans noticed Kane wore a message promoting education in England's last-16 win over Senegal. Kane grabbed his first goal of the tournament against the African side with Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka also getting on the scoresheet. It comes after the striker wore an armband that bore the message 'Protect Children' against Wales. Kane wore a different armband for the games against Iran and USA - one that said 'No Discrimination'. That message of unity came after England decided not to wear a One Love armband. Seven teams including Gareth Southgate's side had planned to broadcast a One Love message at the World Cup. But they all made a U-turn after Fifa warned players could be booked for...
    DENMARK coach Kasper Hjulmand has blamed the One Love armband controversy and the human rights issues affecting his side for their tame World Cup exit. The Danes were among the European sides forced to back down from wearing the armband as Fifa threatened yellow cards and bans for skipper Simon Kjaer. 4Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand has blamed his side's exit from the World Cup on outside distractionsCredit: Getty 4Denmark were knocked out having only earned one pointCredit: Getty 4Denmark's shirt made by Hummel had a faded crest as a protest to the World Cup in QatarCredit: https://twitter.com/hummel1923 4Captains were banned from wearing the One Lover armband under threat of a bookingCredit: Reuters Shirt manufacturers Hummel introduced a special Qatar 2022 kit with a faded logo, while sponsors asked for their branding to be taken off training kits and advertising hoardings. And while Hjulmand insisted it was “not an excuse” for his side’s disappointing campaign, he suggested it had adversely impacted the entire squad. Hjulmand said: “In relation to whether it has affected us, it would be strange to believe otherwise,...
    SPORTS minister Stuart Andrew turned up to the Wales versus England match wearing an LGBTQ+ One Love armband. The gay MP displayed the protest armband together with a rainbow tie to send a message in Qatar where homosexuality is punishable by death. 1Sports minister Stuart Andrew turned up to the Wales versus England match wearing an LGBTQ+ One Love armbandCredit: EPA England and Wales were among seven nations to axe plans to wear the armband in matches to spare players disciplinary action. Mr Andrew said: “Sport has the power to unite and inspire so it’s vital all sporting events, such as the Fifa World Cup, are open and inclusive. "I’m wearing the #OneLove armband to support the LGBT community and send a positive message that everyone should feel welcome at all sport tournaments.” Qatar World Cup chief Hassan Al-Thawadi blasted the move. He said: “If you’re making a statement here in Qatar or specifically addressed to Qatar, and by extension the Islamic world, I take issue with that. "It leaves a very divisive message.” 3LionsPride, an LGBTQ+ England...
    A USA fan was 'aggressively' removed from his seat and dragged out of the stadium for wearing a rainbow armband ahead of his country's clash against Iran at the World Cup.  The World Cup has witnessed multiple incidents of fans being barred entry or detained for wearing rainbow-colored pieces if clothing. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and the tournament has faced criticism for 'sportwashing' the host nation's treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.   American citizen, Brian Davis, had arrived at the Al Thumama Stadium Tuesday to watch the USA take on Iran in a must-win game on the final matchday of Group B.  Davis had worn a rainbow-colored armband, which he claimed security at the stadium's entrance had said was okay to enter with. However, he claimed that while he was sat in his seat waiting for kickoff, he was approached by another member of staff who told him he was not allowed to wear the armband.  Davis revealed he refused to remove it and insisted he was permitted to wear it, which was when police arrived on the scene and forcibly...
    AN American spectator has been removed from the Al Thumama Stadium after showing off a rainbow armband ahead of the United States' showdown with Iran on Tuesday. The unidentified LGBTQ supporter was photographed proudly showcasing the colorful armband as he was ejected from the stadium by a row of security officials. 1An American fan wearing a Rainbow Armband was ejected from the stadium ahead of the USA vs. Iran gameCredit: Getty Images - Getty More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see videos. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. Topics World Cup 2022 United States YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunPicturedDATE WITH DESTINY US fans in Doha for huge World Cup clash with Iran amid political tensionLive BlogUSA 0 IRAN 0 Pulisic has first USMNT chance with place in World Cup knockout stages on lineLive BlogECUADOR 1 SENEGAL 2 Chelsea star Koulibaly SCORES as Senegal...
    OUTRAGED FA bosses have revealed Fifa threatened England with "unlimited disciplinary action" - possibly including a points deduction - if players wear rainbow armbands at the World Cup. FA chief executive Mark Bullingham is especially angry Fifa only told the Three Lions shortly before they set off for Monday's World Cup opener with Iran. 2Three Lions' skipper Kane was disappointed he couldn't wear a rainbow armbandCredit: Alamy 2Harry Kane and Co have taken the knee at their two World Cup games so far but he decided against wearing a rainbow armband after Fifa intervenedCredit: AP England skipper Harry Kane was upset he was unable to wear the band against Iran or the USA on Friday after hearing the punishment could be worse than a yellow card or a fine. And Bullingham says the FA are "frustrated, angry" at the manner of Fifa's "outrageous" intervention. He told ITV Sport: "We have been clear that we wanted to wear it and we were committed. "We announced that we would do that in September, we had a lot of meetings with FIFA over...
    FIFA have made a last-minute U-turn to allow rainbow colours in World Cup stadiums. Both fans and journalists were prevented from wearing rainbow-coloured clothing at matches. 2FIFA have made a last-minute U-turn to allow rainbow colours in World Cup stadiumsCredit: PA It came after seven competing teams - including England - were forced to abandon plans for their captains to wear the OneLove armband. But the Football Association of Wales have said rainbow-coloured attire will be permitted in stadiums for the remainder of the Qatar tournament. It paves the way for Welsh fans to wear their famous multi coloured bucket hats. A statement read: "In response to the FAW, Fifa has confirmed that fans with Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags will be allowed entry to the stadium for Cymru's match against Iran on Friday. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp "All World Cup venues have been contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules and regulations." The FAW were "extremely disappointed" by reports supporters and...
    A famous Holland supporter, nicknamed "T*ts Man", was forced to remove his inflatable boobs by Qatar authorities at the World Cup. The fan, real name Harry Goudsblom, has revealed he did not have any trouble getting into the stadium to watch the Dutch beat Senegal 2-0 on Monday. 2Harry Goudsblom is known for wearing inflatable boobs to Holland matchesCredit: Alamy 2He was forced to remove his breasts and OneLove armband when outside the ground But after the game, while celebrating the win inside the Al Thumama Stadium, he was then accosted by security. They were quick to demand he remove the fake breasts from under his top. And the Holland supporter was also told to take off the OneLove armbands he was wearing - which are a symbolic show of support for the LGBTQ+ community. Goudsblom then phoned into AD.nl to explain what had happened to him. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side, Ronaldo scores in Portugal win He said: "Initially there were no problems at all, not with the police, not with...
    Eden Hazard appeared critical of Germany's gesture ahead of their match with Japan, in which the starting XI covered their mouths after being prevented from wearing the 'OneLove' armband to denounce the threat of FIFA sanctions.  The Real Madrid forward claimed that the four-time World Cup winners might have made a better impact had they focused more on winning the game than making a statement in the game, according to RMC Sport.  Players had been warned against wearing OneLove armbands promoting inclusivity at a tournament held in a country with a questionable human rights record, and Hazard admitted he did not want to risk incurring an automatic yellow card.  'Yes, but afterwards they lost the match,' Hazard said, when asked for his thoughts on the gesture made by the German side on Wednesday.  'They would have done better not to do it and to win. We are here to play football, I am not here to send a political message.  'People are better placed for that. We want to be focused on football.'  Several European nations, including England and Wales,...
    ENGLAND captain Harry Kane was pictured wearing a £535,000 rainbow watch in Qatar despite the Fifa furore. We reported earlier how Denmark are planning talks with fellow Uefa members over potentially QUITTING world football’s governing body. 6Harry Kane and other players were stopped by Fifa from wearing the OneLove armband at the World CupCredit: Alamy 6That did not stop the star from making his own statement ahead of the Iran matchCredit: Getty 6Kane was spotted wearing the Rolex Daytona Rainbow watchCredit: Getty Images 6The timepiece is worth a mega £535,000Credit: Rolex They were one of seven nations, including England and Wales, planning for their skippers to wear One Love armbands in their opening World Cup matches. The armbands promote inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights, with same-sex relationships illegal in Qatar. Alongside the above three, Germany, France, Belgium, and Switzerland had all planned for their captains to wear them also. But the seven skippers were warned by Fifa that...
    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been pictured appearing to SUPPORT the OneLove armband, despite banning its use during the World Cup. A collection of seven competing nations were set to wear the armband in a show of support for LGBTQ+ community, but Fifa warned stars they may be booked if they wear it. 3Gianni Infantino was spotted appearing to support the OneLove armbandCredit: Twitter However, while next to German minister Nancy Faeser, Infantino was snapped posing with a smile on his face and pointing at the armband. Infantino, who became Fifa president in 2016, launched a stunning attack on the West following intense criticism of Qatar before the World Cup. He said: "This criticism is profoundly unjust. You don’t start accusing, fighting, insulting. You start engaging. We have heard many moral lessons from Europe and the western world. "But for what we Europeans have done over the past 3,000 years we should apologise for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons here. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPIN UR FACE Watch Uruguay boss Alonso get struck in...
    EDEN HAZARD has told Germany they should have focused on the football rather than “political messages” after they lost to Japan. The German players covered their mouths for the pre-match team photo ahead of their clash with the Samurai Blue, which they lost 2-1. 2Germany players covered their mouths in response to Fifa's sanctions regarding the OneLove armbandCredit: Getty 2Eden Hazard said that Germany should focus on the footballCredit: Rex They were expressing how they felt silenced by Fifa after the governing body threatened the team with sporting sanctions if they wore the OneLove rainbow armband. It drew praise from many across the footballing landscape - but Real Madrid star Hazard was not so impressed. The Belgian said: “Germany’s gesture? They would’ve done better if they didn’t do it and tried to win. "We're here to play football, I'm not here to convey a political message." READ MORE BELGIUM NEWSCAN'T BE BRU De Bruyne confused at his MOTM award as he slams his World Cup performance The results leaves Germany's World Cup hopes in dire straits after just one...
    The German men's soccer team made a statement before their first World Cup match Wednesday by covering their mouths in the team photo. The gesture by the team appears to be a protest against FIFA, who threatened to penalize teams who wore a rainbow armband at the tournament in Qatar. WORLD CUP 2022: US REPORTER REFUSED ENTRY TO STADIUM FOR WEARING RAINBOW T-SHIRT Germany's soccer team players cover their mouth during the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) Ricardo Mazalan/AP Several European countries, including Germany, had planned on having team captains wear rainbow armbands in solidarity with the LGBT community but backed down when they were threatened with yellow cards by FIFA, which runs international soccer. Host country Qatar has come under intense scrutiny from several Western countries for some of its practices and laws, specifically the ones which outlaw homosexuality. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Acts of defiance...
    Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Germany’s soccer team posed for a picture and covered their mouths in protest of FIFA’s censorship after World Cup officials would not allow countries to wear a “OneLove” armband to support equality. The human rights record of World Cup host Qatar has been heavily criticized — as more than 6,500 migrant workers reportedly died while constructing the stadiums and hospitality venues for the tournament. Qatar also has laws that criminalize people who participate in same-sex relationships. Before the matches started, Qatari officials threatened a Danish reporter while he was in the middle of a live update and forced  American journalist, Grant Wahl, to delete a picture of the World Cup slogan off his phone. England, Germany, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands planned to wear an armband with “OneLove” written on it with rainbow colors to support inclusion and diversity. On Monday, FIFA, soccer’s governing body, banned the captains of each team from wearing the armband and stated players who wore the armband would receive a yellow card before the game started. England opted not to wear...
    Germany's players placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo ahead of their game against Japan in a World Cup Group E match on Wednesday in protest. The action was taken after FIFA threatened sanctions against teams and their captains if they went ahead with their plan to wear the LGBTQ 'OneLove' armband. All German players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch in Doha, Qatar - where homosexuality is illegal - ahead of the kickoff. After the protest in the Khalifa Stadium, the German Football Association (DFB) released an statement emphatically supporting its team, saying: 'To ban the armband is like banning our right to speak.' Meanwhile, watching from the stands, Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Fraser wore the banned armband instead. She had disguised it underneath a pink blazer, which she took off as the game began - revealing the band and the heart-shaped logo. Germany's players placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo ahead of their game against Japan in a World Cup Group E match on...
    Denmark have proposed a blanket withdrawal from FIFA alongside other UEFA nations over the #OneLove armband row. It was alleged today that the football governing body sent six officials to the England football team's headquarters on the day of their Qatar World Cup match against Iran and threatened them with drastic sanctions if players wore the protest armbands. The federations of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark decided to drop the pro-LGBTQ+ gesture amid threats of sanctions, which included an automatic yellow card for anyone wearing one.  Now, Danish officials have revealed they are considering leaving FIFA over the row and are willing to discuss the dramatic move with fellow UEFA member states.  Danish FA chairman Jesper Moller said, according to the Athletic: 'It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a long time. We have been discussing it in the Nordic region since August. Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt wears a rainbow-coloured outfit at yesterday's match against Tunisia in Qatar England's football team had been planning to...
    THE LINESMAN for Germany's World Cup group stage game against Japan was forced to check whether captain Manuel Neuer was wearing the One Love armband. Hansi Flick's side were one of the seven European nations who planned on wearing the One Love armband. 2Zeegelaar checked Neuer's armbandCredit: EPA 2Germany staged their own protest by covering their mouthsCredit: Reuters The armband has been used as a message of support and unity, especially for the LGBTQ+ community with England, Wales, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Denmark also set to join with Team DFB. However, Fifa made a last-minute decision to ban the accessory - and threatened captains with yellow cards or even one-match suspensions prompting a U-turn from all seven countries. It saw captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer walk out with the regular generic 'No Discrimination' version instead - but linesman Zachari Zeegelaar was forced to check nonetheless. However, the armband ban didn't stop Germany from staging a protest. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPSILENT PROTEST Germany in defiant message to Fifa in team photo after One Love armband ban The 11 stars, including Chelsea's Kai Havertz...
    GERMANY made a defiant message to Fifa with an iconic team photo ahead of their World Cup opener against Japan. Hansi Flick's side were one of the seven European nations who planned one wearing the One Love armband. 6Germany's players covered their mouths for the team photo in a united stanceCredit: EPA 6It comes after Fifa's U-turn on the One Love armbandCredit: Reuters 6Gianni Infantino was in the stadium to see the protestCredit: Getty 6Manuel Neuer wore the Fifa armband insteadCredit: Getty The armband has been used as a message of support and unity, especially for the LGBTQ+ community. However, Fifa made a last-minute U-turn to ban the accessory - and threatened captains with yellow cards or even one-match suspensions. It means captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer walked out with the regular generic 'No Discrimination' version instead. But Germany's starting XI made a protest of their own ahead of kick-off in Qatar. The 11 stars lined up and all covered their mouths - as if to say they have been silenced by the tournament organisers. That includes Fifa...
    DENMARK are planning talks with fellow Uefa nations over potentially QUITTING Fifa. They were one of seven nations, including England and Wales, planning to wear One Love armbands before backing down over the threat of yellow cards. 1Denmark kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against TunisiaCredit: Getty Danish FA chairman Jesper Moller said Denmark were considering leaving Fifa and are set for talks with Uefa's 55 member nations, which includes England. Moller said: “There are presidential elections in FIFA. There are 211 countries in FIFA and I understand that the current president has statements of support from 207 countries. “Denmark is not among those countries. And we’re not going to be either.” CEO Jakob Jensen added: “It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been clear about this for a long time. We have been discussing it in the Nordic region since August. “I’ve thought it again. I imagine that there may be challenges if Denmark leaves on its own. But let us see if we cannot have a...
    Denmark's former prime minister yesterday wore a rainbow outfit for her country's World Cup with Tunisia after their captain was warned he would get a one-match ban if he wore a OneLove armband.   Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 55, now a Danish FA official, claimed that Simon Kjaer was threatened with the ban for wearing the armband during the 0-0 game with Tunisia.  The 55-year-old sported a blue dress with rainbow sleeves to meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino before the match and was also seen wearing the outfit in the stands during the game.  It came a day after she posted on Instagram wearing the OneLove armband- something that several teams were supposed to wear on the pitch.  However, FA and six other countries' associations decided against wearing the anti-discrimination armband at the World Cup after Fifa said it contravened their rules on political symbols. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 55, now a Danish FA official, claimed that Simon Kjaer was threatened with the ban for wearing the armband during the 0-0 game with Tunisia. The 55-year-old sported a blue dress with rainbow sleeves to meet...
    A Danish reporter refused to remove his 'OneLove' anti-discrimination armband ahead of his live TV report when a Qatari official ordered him to.  Jon Pagh, a journalist for Danish broadcaster TV2, stood in defiance against the official and refused to adhere to his order to remove the anti-discrimination and LGBT rights symbol from his arm.  Pagh was getting ready to do a TV report about Denmark's World Cup match against Tunisia when the Qatari official approached him and told him to remove the armband - but the Danish reporter refused. The armbands have been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in World Cup host Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.  Pagh's refusal to remove the rainbow-themed armband came days after another Danish journalist from TV2, Rasmus Tantholdt, was forced off-air after Qatari security staff threatened to destroy his camera if he did not stop filming.  Jon Pagh, a journalist for Danish broadcaster TV2, stood in defiance against the official and refused to adhere to his order to remove the anti-discrimination and LGBT rights symbol from his arm Pagh was about to start...
    BELGIUM star Jan Vertonghen admits he is afraid to speak out against Qatar. That’s because he fears being BANNED from playing at the World Cup. 1Belgium star Jan Vertonghen fears a World Cup ban for speaking out against QatarCredit: Reuters Roberto Martinez’s men kick off their group stage campaign against Canada tomorrow. But just like England on Tuesday, Belgium will not be wearing their One Love armband. England pulled the plug on the gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community over fears of Harry Kane receiving a booking. It’s reckoned the Three Lions captain and other international stars were threatened with “extreme blackmail”, forcing them to back down from wearing the armband. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPFOOTBRAWL Trolls slam my ‘inappropriate outfits’ but I don’t care, says World Cup TV hostQATAR LATEST Argentina STUNNED by Saudis, Saka inspires England thrashing Kane later revealed he was “disappointed” at being blocked from wearing the armband. And Belgium star Vertonghen has now given his views on playing in Qatar. He and teammates have had to ditch their colourful pre-match jerseys, and have also...
    HARRY Kane and the other European captains were threatened with one game BANS if they wore the OneLove armband. England skipper Kane and fellow captains including Gareth Bale and Virgil van Dijk backed down in the face of FIFA threats they faced potential bookings. 3Harry Kane had intended to wear a One Love armband in Qatar supporting LGBT rights but the FA backed down when the England captain was threatened with a one-match banCredit: Alamy But former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, now a senior executive with the country's FA, claimed Denmark's skipper had faced a one-match ban if he had worn the rainbow armband. She said: "We could have defied FIFA but that would have risked an entire game ban. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP AND WIN A SHARE OF £50k "This is what I understand FIFA has threatened, among other sanctions. "FIFA has been a little tight-lipped about what sanctions could be envisage but I think it was a valid consideration for us." All seven nations - the group was completed by Germany,...
    LOUIS VAN GAAL has attacked Fifa for threatening to book players for wearing the OneLove armband. A number of captains at the World Cup wanted to wear the antidiscrimination symbol including England captain Harry Kane and Holland’s Virgil van Dijk. 1This is van Gaal's third spell in charge of the national sideCredit: Getty But the threat of disciplinary action saw them back down which Van Gaal clearly believes was wrong by football’s world governing body. Van Gaal said: “I no longer want to answer political questions, this is time to talk only about football but one thing is clear we are not going to wear an armband if you are going to get a yellow card and we need to question if this is a correct act on behalf of Fifa. "You can answer that question. “We cannot have Virgil van Dijk on a yellow card. We are here to be world champions, that’s our purpose. All of us need to ask if this is a proper action on behalf of FIFA. That is crystal clear.” READ MORE ON...
    HARRY KANE revealed his disappointment at being blocked from wearing the One Love armband. England captain Kane and Gareth Bale of Wales had planned to wear the armband during matches to promote diversity and inclusion. 1Harry Kane is disappointed he couldn't wear his One Love armband against IranCredit: Getty But they were warned by FIFA they could be booked before the start of the match. The Spurs star, outstanding in the 6-2 win over Iran, had to wear a FIFA armband instead as pundit Alex Scott donned One Love. Kane said: “The decision was taken out of my hands. I am disappointed. “I turned up to the stadium with the armband that I wore and I was told I had to wear that.  READ MORE ON WORLD CUPHARRY HELP Harry Maguire reveals why he was subbed off during England's epic win over IranSIX-Y FOOTBALL Follow all the reaction after England run riot and Grealish slots in SIXTH “Look, it’s out of our control as players.  “I’m sure the FA and Fifa will continue those discussions but most importantly, we focused...
    American soccer reporter Grant Wahl claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow shirt.  The World Cup in Qatar has faced criticism for 'sportswashing' due to the host nation's poor human rights record, in particular the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.  In Qatar, male homosexuality is punishable by a prison sentence and same-sex marriages are not recognized by the government.  As recently as this month, a Qatar World Cup ambassador told a German TV broadcaster that homosexuality was 'damage to the mind', and it remains illegal to be gay in the conservative Muslim country.  Wahl was attending the USA's first game of the World Cup against Wales on Monday and wore a black t-shirt with a circle in the colors of the rainbow wrapping around a soccer ball on the front, in support of the LGBTQ+ community. He took to Twitter to claim that he was initially refused entry to the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.  American soccer reporter Grant Wahl claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup...
    Retired English soccer star Alex Scott wore a ‘OneLove’ armband on live TV hours after FIFA announced captains were not allowed to wear the armband at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar’s human rights record has been heavily scrutinized — given that more than 6,500 migrant workers died while building the new stadiums and hospitality venues for the World Cup. Qatari officials also threatened a Danish reporter and forced an American reporter to delete a picture he took in the media center. And Qatar has laws that criminalize same-sex relationships. England, Wales, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands planned to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband to protest Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ stance. The armband promotes diversity and inclusion with a rainbow through a heart. The captain of each nation would wear the armband to display which player on the field was the captain. Yet soccer’s governing body FIFA — which runs the World Cup — barred the captains from wearing the armband on Monday and said captains who chose to wear the armband would receive a...
    England's stars took the knee at the start of their World Cup campaign - hours after being banned from wearing LGBT rainbow armbands. Captain Harry Kane led the gesture moments before the 1pm kick-off against Iran in Qatar.  It is shaping up to be one of the most political World Cups in memory, with a series of controversies already dogging the competition.  The Three Lions were denied a clear penalty just three minutes into the game, when Harry Maguire was clearly dragged down in the box. Maguire then headed against the crossbar. Thousands of Three Lions supporters are in the Khalifa Stadium in Doha including the WAGs of the players and David Beckham while millions are watching at home, work or in pubs with high streets across the UK deserted as people settled down for the 1pm match.  England took the knee as they started their first World Cup campaign against Iran in one of the most politically-charged matches in English football history after a row over wearing a rainbow captain's armband for Harry Kane, which was dropped after pressure from FIFA.  Harry...
    GARY Lineker has mocked FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bizarre speech following the World Cup One Love armband farce. It came after England joined six other nations in pulling out of using the rainbow symbol to show support for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. 2Gary Lineker channelled Infantino's bizarre speech - saying he 'obviously not feeling armbands today' 2Harry Kane will not wear the One Love armbandCredit: PA Infantino was widely mocked after giving an outlandish speech amid controversy in the lead up to the tournament. The FIFA boss told a stunned room of international reporters the day before the competition: “Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker." But Lineker channelled Infantino's bizarre speech as he opened the BBC's coverage of England's first game against Iran. "Gianni Infantino obviously not feeling armbands today”, he said. Read More World Cup StoriesBEER OH DEAR World Cup beer row kicks-off again as England fans pay same as those in luxurySOLIDARITY Alex Scott wears...
    ALEX SCOTT wore a One Love armband ahead of England's World Cup opener against Iran. It comes after England and seven other countries decided they would not wear the armband for fear of Fifa sanctions. 1Alex Scott wore the armband during BBC One's coverage of England vs Iran THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY…The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPENGLAND VS IRAN Bellingham STARTS to make World Cup debut against unfancied Iranians Most read in World Cup 2022CHEAP DESSERTS Aldi is offering three tasty treats at great prices this weekCLUB HORROR Suspect 'threatened mom with bomb' year before 'killing 5 in club shooting'EYE CAN'T Kylie reveals her son's 'eyes' after sister Khloe shows off her newborn child'GOING TO HELL' Lori Vallow's mother-in-law issues haunting message to cult mom PLAY OUR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP FANTASY FOOTBALL GAME TO WIN A SHARE OF £50k Topics World...
    GARY Neville has thought of a way for the Three Lions to wear the One Love armband without threatening their hopes of World Cup glory. The symbolic armband has been banned and captains who wear it have been warned that they will receive a booking. 1Harry Kane was due to wear the OneLove captain’s armband against IranCredit: PA Gareth game one Steve Holland game two Keeper coach game three Physio game fourEtc https://t.co/uK4gsU7AAj— Gary Neville (@GNev2) November 21, 2022 The Three Lions and Wales were prepared to set the trend along with seven other national team captains by wearing them in their opening games at the World Cup in Qatar. Harry Kane would have been wearing it for England's tournament opener against Iran today. However, due to the late u-turn, Kane and Gareth Bale will not be wearing them, unless there is another late change. Neville, however, has suggested a way that the armband can be worn and avoid a booking for Kane. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST England in armband row ahead of Iran opener, Ronaldo finally...
    ENGLAND fans have been left furious after the FA decided AGAINST wearing the One Love armband following an ultimatum from Fifa. Harry Kane was set to proudly display the rainbow symbol in a show of support for the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar. 2Harry Kane and Co will no longer wear the One Love armband following a Fifa ultimatum, leaving England fans utterly furiousCredit: PA The Three Lions were due to be joined by Wales, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark in wearing the statement armband. But on Monday, just hours before England's opening game against Iran, the nations revealed they would NOT go ahead having been warned they risked being booked even before kick off. And fans were quick to let rip on social media - calling the FA "spineless" for caving in to Fifa's ultimatum. Sky Sports presenter Joe Thomlinson tweeted: "Imagine how powerful the image of Kane wearing a rainbow armband and being yellow carded by a Fifa branded referee would be. READ MORE WORLD CUP STORIESENGLAND VS IRAN Three Lions gear up for World Cup opener against...
    HARRY KANE will NOT wear the One Love armband for England's World Cup opener - because Fifa warned he would be booked. England and six other European nations have pulled out of using the rainbow symbol to show support for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. 1Harry Kane will not wear the OneLove armbandCredit: PA A joint statement from England, Wales, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark read: "Fifa has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play. "As national federations, we can't put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have aslked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games. "We were prepared to pay fines that would normally apply to breaches of kit regulations and had a strong comitment to wearing the armband. "However we cannot put our players in a position where they might be booked or even forced to leave the field of play. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST England...
    THE Harry Kane armband row took another twist - leaving Fifa accused of a two-faced approach. FA chiefs will hold last minute discussions with Fifa ahead of today’s World Cup opener with Iran after coming under pressure to ditch the One Love armband Kane intends to wear against Iran. 4Advertising at the World Cup has captain Kane wearing the One Love armband 4The images are part of the marketing campaign run in the city’s Metro stations 4Kane could be booked the start of the game or even face attempts to physically strip it off his arm in the dressing room 4Dutch star Van Dijk could also be seen in the marketing campaign with the One Love armband Fifa’s match commissioner “pointed out” tournament regulations outlawing “unapproved” equipment to the FA, with warnings that Kane could be booked the start of the game or even face attempts to physically strip it off his arm in the dressing room. But it came as giant pictures of Kane - and Liverpool’s Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk - WEARING the armband are plastered all...
    ENGLAND captain Harry Kane roared into action in Qatar last night — pledging to end 56 years of World Cup hurt. The striker is aiming to lead the Three Lions to victory in their first group match today against Iran. 5Harry Kane is aiming to lead England to victory in their first group match today against IranCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun 5The striker and captain revealed he is willing to defy any Fifa moves to ban the 'One Love' rainbow armband he will wearCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun 5The World Cup began yesterday with a spectacular opening ceremonyCredit: Getty 5Two yellow cards in the first two group games will rule the Kane out of boss Gareth Southgate’s (pictured) side for the vital third clash with WalesCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun And he revealed he is willing to defy any Fifa moves to ban the “One Love” rainbow armband. Pressure mounted last night as it emerged he could be booked the second the match kicks off if he wears it, or be forced to remove it in the...
    HARRY KANE is a great player,  a top goalscorer, commands total respect from his team-mates and is rightly the first name on the England teamsheet. So far, so good, but I have my  reservations about him as captain. 2Harry Kane is a key player but England might need more pace during some games, while Harry Maguire might struggle unless in a back threeCredit: PA 2Declan Rice has taken centre stage for England and deserves to be captainCredit: Getty It’s not because I doubt his abilities as a leader but if Gareth Southgate ever needs to change things he cannot take Harry off. All strikers have a bad day occasionally, even Harry, but nothing looks worse to the rest of the team than if the skipper is subbed. You look across to the bench, see your leader sitting there and it sends a bad message. Consequently Harry stays on when it might be detrimental to the team. Ok, that might not be very often, but it does happen. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSCheckmate Footage reveals Ronaldo and Messi were...
    FA chiefs fear they are being strong-armed by FIFA into ordering Harry Kane not to wear his One Love armband against Iran today. England skipper Kane made clear his determination to lead Gareth Southgate's team into battle with the armband on public display despite warnings that he could even be booked for doing so before entering the pitch. 3Kane plans to wear the armband for the game against IranCredit: Getty 3Fifa could attempt to have the armband physically removed from his armCredit: Getty The FA stuck to their guns after a meeting with FIFA match commissioner in which it was "pointed out" to them that wearing the armband would be a breach of regulations. But the commissioner could intervene if Kane does try to defy FIFA and order it to be removed or attempt to physically strip it off the England skipper. The astonishing row left both England and Wales officials frustrated and angry. Conversations between the FA and FIFA were continuing into Sunday evening and could resume in the hours before kick off on Monday. READ MORE WORLD CUP...
    GARETH SOUTHGATE says England WILL take the knee before Monday's World Cup opener against Iran. Boss Southgate and skipper Harry Kane endorsed the decision after discussions with the squad. 2Gareth Southgate revealed his England players want to take the kneeCredit: EPA 2Captain Harry Kane is also prepared to wear the OneLove armbandCredit: PA The Three Lions dropped the gesture after two years in recent Nations League clashes. But players again want to show their support for Black Lives Matter after criticism of Qatar's human rights record. Kane also plans to defy Fifa's equipment regulations rules by wearing a One Love armband promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights throughout the tournament. The Tottenham striker could be fined or even given a yellow card if he does display the heart-shaped rainbow emblem. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUP QATAR LATEST BBC SNUB World Cup opening ceremony, Qatar fall to defeat in opening match Southgate said: "We have discussed taking the knee. We feel we should. "It's what we stand for as a team and have done for a long period of time. "We understand in the Premier...
    ENGLAND and Wales will be united as they plan to wear OneLove armbands during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Group B opponents face off against each other as they look for a place in the knockout rounds. 1Harry Kane will wear the OneLove armbandCredit: Getty However, they will join each other, along with seven other national team captains, to wear a OneLove armband at the World Cup. And we have all the information on which countries are wearing the armband and what the armband means. read more on world cup'OUR PRINCIPLES' Dier backs Kane in wearing OneLove armband after FIFA attempt to ban itUNITED AGAINST HATE Harry Kane to wear OneLove armband in Qatar to fight discrimination What does the OneLove World Cup armband mean? The OneLove armbands at the Qatar World Cup promote inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights. This comes as Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships, is hosting the tournament. The armband has caused controversy within Fifa as players could face a booking for wearing the armband due to it being unofficial. Most read in World...
    Guests at a New York City bar looked on in horror as a man dressed in a Nazi costume walked in to the establishment over the Halloween weekend.  Now viral video shows the man in full Nazi brigs, including an armband with a swastika on it. He was immediately forced out of Fanelli Cafe, a popular bar in the swanky SoHo neighborhood. 'A guy just walked into fanelli cafe in soho dressed as a nazi,' the original poster of the video wrote in the tweet. 'I have no words.'  The unidentified patron is seen smiling as he approaches the bar while onlookers gasp in shock. 
    FEYENOORD'S Orkun Kokcu gave up his duties as captain after refusing to wear the rainbow armband against AZ Alkmaar. Kokcu, 21, had worn the armband in each of the previous five games the Dutch outfit had played in the Eredivisie. 2Orkun Kokcu starred during the game against AZ AlkmaarCredit: Getty 2But he refused to wear the rainbow armband and gave up his captain's duties for the gameCredit: Getty However, ahead of the game against AZ Kokcu revealed he would not be wearing the armband, citing religious reasons for his choice not to do so. In a statement on the club's website, he said: "I have decided not to wear the rainbow captain's armband of this round. "I do think it is important to emphasize that I have respect for everyone regardless of religion, background or preference. I believe that everyone is free to do whatever they want or feel. "I understand very well what the importance of this action is, but because of my religious beliefs I do not feel the right person to support this. ...
    HARRY KANE will continue to wear a OneLove armband at the World Cup — even if ordered not to by Fifa. The England skipper and nine other European country captains are supporting a season-long campaign against discrimination. 1Kane wore the armband when England played Germany last monthCredit: EPA Three weeks ago national football governing bodies made a request to Fifa for permission the colourful armbands in matches. World football chiefs have still yet to give them the green light for Qatar. But the English FA will ignore any orders from Fifa and pay any fines imposed. The other Uefa countries - although hoping Fifa approve the armbands - will follow England's stance by insisting on wearing them. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLROSS THE BOSS Italy icon looks unrecognisable from 2006 World Cup win as he gets first job The armbands are in support a season-long ‘OneLove’ campaign for inclusion and fight against discrimination. Captains from Wales, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Switzerland have also donned them to back the cause. It is part of a European push for improved human...
    ROY KEANE was hilariously booed by the Anfield crowd after returning for Manchester United in a legends' charity match against Liverpool. The former Red Devil, 51, came on with Dennis Irwin in the 75th minute of the charity game on Merseyside. 2Keane pulled on a Man Utd shirt again at Anfield on Saturday afternoonCredit: Getty 2Keane came on in the 75th minute of the legends' charity matchCredit: Getty And he was greeted by a chorus of boos from the Liverpool fans as they gave the Man Utd icon a hilariously hostile reception. Keane played alongside fellow Old Trafford legends including Jaap Stam, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. And Ronnie Johnsen came over to hand Keane the captain's armband when he was subbed on. But the seven-time Premier League winner refused in what was a lovely, modest gesture. READ MORE ON MAN UTDUNITED NEWS Cristiano Ronaldo hit with FA charge, £43.5m Napoli star eyed The score was 1-1 at the time of Keane's introduction as Berbatov's strike was cancelled out by Mark Gonzalez. But Florent Sinama-Pongolle found the winner...
    ENGLAND skipper Harry Kane and other captains could be prevented from wearing rainbow armbands at the World Cup. The FA have joined together with nine other European countries to support a season-long ‘OneLove’ campaign for inclusion and fight against discrimination. 1Harry Kane might be BANNED from wearing the OneLove armband at the World CupCredit: PA But Fifa are yet to give permission for skippers to wear the armbands in Qatar, which will promote diversion, inclusion and anti-discrimination. Kane will wear the armband when the Three Lions face Italy in Milan tonight while Gareth Bale wore one in Wales' loss to Belgium on Thursday. But now the FA and the other nations must play a waiting game. Hosts Qatar, along with Fifa, will now decide whether to accept the requests from the European countries. Read More football newsCOMES AT A COST Kane CRASHED motor at Costco before first Premier League start for Spurs Announcing he will wear the armband, Kane said: “I am honoured to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign. “As captains we may...
    (CNN)Ten European football teams -- the Netherlands, England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales -- will participate in a season-long "OneLove" campaign promoting inclusion and opposing discrimination.Every country except Sweden and Norway has qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and each captain of these eight nations will wear a distinctive OneLove armband -- which features a heart containing colors from all backgrounds -- during the tournament.The Netherlands FA, which is spearheading the campaign, chose the colors to represent all heritages, backgrounds, genders and sexual identities; the armband will be worn in Qatar where same-sex relationships are a criminal offense. Sweden and Norway will participate in the initiative during the upcoming Nations League matches, while England will also wear black armbands during both its UEFA Nations League matches to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II."This is an important message which suits the game of football: on the field everybody is equal and this should be the case in every place in society. With the OneLove band we express this message," said Virgil van Dijk, the...
    HARRY KANE will wear a special armband in Qatar as England and Wales are part of a unified European approach to pushing a human rights agenda at the 2022 World Cup. As part of the “OneLove” campaign, England skipper Kane and his fellow captains from Wales, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Switzerland will wear armbands backing the cause. 2Harry Kane is among eight captains who will wear a OneLove armband at the World CupCredit: Twitter 2The international stars are part of a unified European approach to pus a human rights agenda in QatarCredit: AFP The logo is a heart filled with the rainbow colours, now identified as a symbol of backing for the LGBTQ cause. It means support for gay footballers and fans will be carried on the arms of eight teams playing in a country where homosexuality is banned. Kane, who will wear the armband for the first time in Friday’s Nations League in Italy, said: “I am honoured to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign. “As captains we may all be...
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