The Football Association has stated that they would let the players wear rainbow armbands as part of their initiative against discrimination and in support of the LGTBQ+ community.
FIFA could fine teams that wear the rainbow armband at the World Cup although it has yet to make a statement on the matter.
Nine European teams have announced its use and, according to Sky Sports, the UEFA World Cup Task Force asked FIFA three weeks ago for permission to wear it at the World Cup and is awaiting a response.
While the air isn’t clear yet on FIFA’s stand, England manager, Gareth Southgate said, “The players in particular can’t do much more than talk about those issues and put them on the table because, at the end of the day, we are asking for change in a country that we respect, has progressed, but we have no control over,”
The fact that homosexuality is illegal in Qatar is one of the many reasons as to why there is so much controversy around the 2022 World Cup.
There is also the fact that many migrant workers are believed to have died whilst building stadiums for the tournament due to poor work conditions and exploitation.