FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has told Sky News they are ready to be fined for England captain Harry Kane wearing a ‘One Love’ armband at the World Cup.
In an interview at England training camp at QatarMr Bulligham revealed that FIFA had yet to send a response two months after the FA’s request to wear the multi-coloured garment.
Although it doesn’t directly reference anti-LGBT laws, the armband aims to promote inclusivity.
FIFA generally prohibits the addition of unauthorized slogans to kits and has recently urged teams not to indulge in morality lessons from the start. world Cup in the Middle-East.
“They gave us no response to our letter,” Mr Bullingham told Sky News.
“I think it is possible that we will be fined. And if we are, we will pay the fine.
“We think it’s really important to show our values. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
The FA were confident that gay fans would be safe and would not be discriminated against by the Qatari authorities.
Mr Bullingham said: “It’s sad for us that many of our LGBTQ fans have decided not to come and I know a lot of our Three Lions Pride members aren’t coming.
“And it was frustrating because they didn’t get the information they wanted in time to make arrangements.”
England will continue to use its presence in Qatar to secure more compensation for the families of low-wage workers and a center for permanent migrant workers.
Mr Bullingham added: “I think when you look at everything that has been achieved over the past four years, there has been some really positive progress.
“What is essential for us is that these last two outstanding issues need to be resolved. We are going to put a lot of pressure on FIFA, as well as a bunch of other European countries to do so.
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Gareth Southgate led England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of the European Championship last year.
Mr Bullingham said: “We go into any major tournament wanting to do the best we can and we believe we are one of six to eight teams who could win the trophy.”
After six years in charge, Southgate’s future has been in question following a six-game losing streak.
He continued: “We think he is doing a brilliant job. He has done fantastically in the last two senior tournaments and we want him to continue leading us.”
With Southgate remaining under contract until 2024, could he leave after the World Cup – particularly if England replicated their 1966 triumph – and who could replace him?
Mr Bullingham said: “Wouldn’t that be a nice problem to have if we win the trophy? We’ve secured Gareth until 2024 and we’re confident he’ll carry us forward.”