It has been revealed that England captain Harry Kane made his own protest against Qatar’s abhorrent stance on the LGBTQI+ community ahead of his side’s World Cup opener.
Kane and his national team were widely lambasted when, amid threats posed by FIFA, the skipper scrapped plans to wear a rainbow-coloured captain’s armband in the tournament’s opener of England against Iran.
Kane instead opted to wear a FIFA-approved armband with the words ‘No Discrimination’ – an item of clothing that addresses inequality but not specifically homophobia.
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However, it has since emerged that the striker was sporting a $950,000 Rolex Rainbow in the hours leading up to England’s 6-2 win over Iran.
Footage from Getty Images shows Kane wearing the watch as he led the team from the bus and inspected the pitch.
The captains of seven European teams have opted out of wearing the ‘one love’ armband after FIFA warned it could lead to bookings.
Former Socceroos captain Craig Foster has blasted FIFA for its action against the protest.
“Shameful and senseless decision by FIFA to threaten players with sanctions for promoting the fundamental rights of the LGBTI community in Qatar and around the world,” Foster tweeted.
“I feel for the global LGBTI community, gamers and fans who must rightly feel used and abandoned.”
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