Gary Neville says England management and coaching staff should wear the OneLove armband during the World Cup after it was decided captain Harry Kane would not do so due to the looming yellow card.
Kane had planned to wear the rainbow armband when England begin their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday, but it was decided he would not.
The captains of six other countries were also said to wear the inclusion and anti-discrimination badge, but walked out together after FIFA threatened they would be booked for the gesture.
Former England defender Neville has suggested a way around the threat, with Gareth Southgate, his assistant Steve Holland and the rest of the coaching staff taking turns wearing the armband.
Neville tweeted: “Gareth game one, Steve Holland game two, goalkeeper coach game three, physio game four etc.”
A joint statement from the football associations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland confirms: “FIFA has made it very clear that if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch they will impose sporting sanctions.
“As national associations, we cannot put our players in a situation where they could face sporting sanctions, including warnings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup matches.
“We were prepared to pay fines normally imposed for equipment rule violations and had a strong commitment to wearing the armband.
“However, we must not put our players in a situation where they see a yellow card or even have to leave the field.
“We are very frustrated with FIFA’s decision, which we believe is unprecedented – we wrote to FIFA in September informing them of our desire to wear the One Love bracelet to support active inclusion in football, but we got no answer.
“Our players and coaches are disappointed – they are strong advocates of inclusion and will show their support in other ways.”
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