England captain Harry Kane will wear a “OneLove” bracelet during the World Cup to “promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination” in Qatar.
The campaign launched by the Netherlands has led to the entry of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales, with the armband worn by captains.
“I am honored to join my fellow national team captains to support the important OneLove campaign. As captains, we may all be fighting each other on the field, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination.
“This is all the more relevant at a time when divisions in society are commonplace. Wearing the bracelet together on behalf of our teams will send a clear signal when the world is watching.”
Kane said last season that he would speak with skippers from other countries to take a united stance on human rights issues in the host country of the world’s biggest football tournament.
He has previously insisted that a “light will shine” on the Gulf state and said there must be permanent change regarding the treatment of migrant workers. There are also concerns about the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and women.
Kane will wear the bracelet in Friday’s Nations League game against Italy in Milan and Monday against Germany. The bracelet has a heart with colors that are representative of all backgrounds.
The football association says the campaign also “recognizes that progress has been made in Qatar since the tournament was awarded”.
“This commitment includes the England squad inviting migrant workers to the Three Lions training base in Al Wakrah to interact with players,” the FA statement added.
“While we understand that there is still progress to be made in many areas domestically, the aim was to learn how to best use our position as the national football governing body while ensuring the well-being of England’s fans, players and support team .
“The FA’s position is that any injury or death associated with a construction project should be compensated and the World Cup is no different. Likewise, the FA supports the concept of a Migrant Workers’ Center and has lobbied FIFA for an urgent update on progress.”
Mark Bullingham, the director of the FA, has asked FIFA for updates on the Migrant Workers’ Center in Qatar, which has been built to “provide advice and assistance to migrant workers”.
“We continue to push for the principle of compensation for the families of migrant workers who have been killed or injured in construction projects,” Bullingham said. “Once again, we urge FIFA to provide an update on the compensation fund, which has consistently been cited as a safety net where workers and their families have been unable to obtain compensation from the construction companies.”