Harry Kane was threatened with one-match World Cup BAN if England captain wore One Love armband against Iran

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.

AlamyHarry 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 ban[/caption]

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.

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“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, Belgium and Switzerland – back down under the threats.

ReutersKane would instead wear FIFA’s official ‘No Discrimination’ armband against Iran[/caption]

EPADenmark’s former Prime Minister claims she was told that captain Simon Kjaer (pictured) would receive a ban if he wore the rainbow armband[/caption]

Thorning-Schmidt added: “Now we’re going to play football. 

“I am happy for the seven nations who have worked together for this, but maybe it is also time to say now we are playing football. 

“This does not mean that any of us are giving up the fight for LGBTQ+ rights to have a place in football in general.”

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Her comments came as America’s most senior diplomat, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, slammed world football chiefs over the issue.

Blinken, speaking in Doha, said: “It is always concerning when we see any restrictions on freedom of expression.


“It’s especially so when the expression is for diversity and for inclusion.

“In my judgment, no one on a football pitch should be forced to choose between supporting these values and playing for their team.”

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