Sports minister Stuart Andrew vows to wear ‘OneLove’ armband to England v Wales match in Qatar

Sports Minister Stuart Andrew has vowed to wear the rainbow-coloured OneLove armband when he attends the England v Wales match in Qatar after players were banned from wearing them by Fifa. Mr Andrew said he was determined to make the gesture to support the LGBT community, following controversy over the stance of football’s governing body … Read more

Qatar World Cup chief Hassan Al-Thawadi says OneLove armband a ‘divisive message’ from Western nations and people should respect values and beliefs of Arab world

Qatar World Cup chief Hassan Al-Thawadi has accused European nations behind the OneLove armband of sending a ‘divisive message’ – and said they should understand and respect the values of the Arab world. England and Wales were among the competing teams who planned for their captain to wear the anti-discrimination OneLove armband in Qatar, where … Read more

Wales fans wear rainbow bucket hats to Iran game, but no protest from players against OneLove armband ban

Wales have not followed Germany by making a protest as they lined up for their World Cup clash with Iran over the ban on wearing the OneLove armband. But fans were allowed to bring rainbow hats and flags into the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium after Fifa gave the green light following an outcry when Welsh … Read more

All eyes on England and Wales amid OneLove row as Fifa says fans’ rainbow items now allowed

All eyes are on Wales and England today as they play their second World Cup group matches following a row over wearing the OneLove armbands and fans bringing rainbow-coloured hats and flags into stadiums. Fifa has confirmed that rainbow clothes or flags for upcoming games in Qatar will now be allowed after bucket hats and … Read more

England prevented Harry Kane wearing OneLove armband after Fifa refused to say what sanction he faced

England prevented Harry Kane from wearing the OneLove armband after Fifa refused to confirm what sanctions their captain would face during a confusing meeting on the morning of their World Cup opener against Iran. Despite the Football Association writing a letter to Fifa in September explaining their plans for the Qatar World Cup, the world … Read more

‘I’m not here to send a political message’

Eden Hazard insists he is not at the World Cup to send a political message, with the Belgium captain keen to focus only on football. FIFA’s decision to ban players who wear the ‘OneLove’ armband in Qatar has sparked a furious backlash. Hazard won’t be following the lead of Germany’s players and protesting over not … Read more

Gareth Southgate on Germany protests after OneLove armband ban, what he told players after England beat Iran, USA threat and Harry Kane injury update

Gareth Southgate did not rule out further gestures to highlight issues in Qatar in the wake of FIFA banning the OneLove armband. England, and six other European countries, were threatened with sanctions by the sport’s governing body if they wore the rainbow captain’s armband, which was designed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ discrimination in the … Read more

LGBT England fans urge Three Lions to follow German lead over ‘OneLove’ armband protest

LGBT England fans have urged the Three Lions to follow Germany’s lead and make a gesture of solidarity in tomorrow’s World Cup clash with the USA after their last-minute U-turn on wearing the “OneLove” armband. England and Wales play their second Group B matches just days after the decision they would not wear the rainbow-coloured … Read more

Netherlands fan Harry ‘Titsman’ forced to remove inflatable breasts and OneLove armband by ‘overzealous’ Qatar World Cup police

A Dutch football supporter known as ‘T*ts Man’ has been forced to remove his inflatable breasts by authorities at the Qatar World Cup. A well known Oranje fan for his striking attire, Harry ‘Tieten’ Goudsblom also had to remove a OneLove armband which has been at the centre of controversy at the FIFA tournament. Rex … Read more

‘I’m here to play football’

Belgium captain Eden Hazard has criticised Germany for their protests ahead of their World Cup opener against Japan. The four-time winners made the decision to not wear the ‘OneLove’ armband amid threats of sanctions, with the players proceeding to cover their mouths in their team photo in retaliation. Hazard is playing in his third World … Read more