England captain Harry Kane to wear the rainbow armband against Iran

Also in this World Cup many non-sporting topics were addressed during a press conference. This Sunday, in Doha, on the eve of the Three Lions entering the race against Iran, as part of the first day of Group B of the 2022 World Cup, Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane in fact responded to many political and social issues.

“A strong gesture that will go around the world”

England manager Gareth Southgate on his knee

The England manager has revealed his players will kneel before kick-off to show their opposition to racism and discriminations: “We have discussed it and we feel we must continue to defend these values, as we have done before (especially during Euro 2021). We realized that now Premier League clubs only do it on big occasions. Well (this World Cup) is the greatest of occasions. It is a strong gesture that will go around the world, and which is aimed in particular at young people, to tell them that inclusiveness is very important. »

For his part, Harry Kane has confirmed that he will wear the OneLove rainbow armband as captain this Monday against Iran, even if he is penalized for it with a yellow card by the referee, who could see it as a political move. “We have made clear that all of us as a team and also the staff want me to wear this armband. I know the FA and FIFA are discussing the matter at the moment and I’m sure an agreement will be reached by kick-off (to avoid being booked for it). »

No intended gesture towards the Iranian people

Finally, Southgate warned that his team should not make special gestures of support to the Iranian people ahead of the meeting, as protests have continued in this country since the Sept. 16 death of Masha Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman. : I don’t feel informed enough to comment on what is happening in Iran and I don’t think it’s even my job to do so. I guess the Iranian players and their coach (Carlos Queiroz) are in a delicate situation but they are more aware than us discussing these matters. If they ever asked us to make a gesture of support we would obviously be ready to listen to them and think about it… But for the moment this is not the case. »

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