Dale Vince slams the FA for hypocrisy over OneLove armband protests

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince slams the FA for hypocrisy following World Cup armband saga with FIFA… claiming the governing body threatened his team with similar sanctions to prevent them wearing Just Stop Oil shirts before a game

  • Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince has accused the FA of hypocrisy
  • FA protested after FIFA threatened sanctions over the OneLove armband
  • But Vince claims the governing body threatened his team with similar sanctions
  • FGR were prevented from donning Just Stop Oil shirts before an FA Cup tie 

The Football Association were accused of hypocrisy last night over their complaints FIFA threatened England with ‘unlimited sanctions’ if Harry Kane wore the One Love armband at the World Cup.

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince claims the FA issued the same threat when they stopped the club wearing Just Stop Oil t-shirts ahead of their FA Cup first-round earlier this month.

England captain Kane had planned to wear the One Love armband for England’s opening group game in Qatar to show support for the LGBT community only for to back down under pressure from FIFA.

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince has accused the FA of hypocrisy after FIFA threatened sanctions to prevent England captain Harry Kane from wearing a One Love armband

Vince claims that the FA threatened his team with ‘unlimited sanctions’ if they wore Just Stop Oil t-shirts before a game

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham claimed on Friday that FIFA’s threat had been ‘completely unprecedented’ amid concerns Kane could be suspended if he wore the armband for England’s opener against Iran.

‘The FA complain loud and proud about FIFA preventing the One Love armband being worn in Qatar and complain of their unlimited sanctions threat,’ posted Vince on Twitter. 

‘Weeks earlier they prevented Just Stop Oil shirts being worn by Forest Green Rovers in the first round of the Cup – with unlimited sanctions threat.

‘The FA prevented us from wearing Just Stop Oil warm-up tees – they said it was political…obviously wrong. But as a result we faced unlimited sanctions. Sound familiar?

‘The only difference between what the FA sought to do in Qatar and what FGR sought to do in England is the FA’s position.’

The FA protested after FIFA threatened sanctions over Kane wearing the armband in Qatar

But the governing body threatened similar punishment if Vince’s team wore t-shirts from the controversial Just Stop Oil group

The FA insist they made no such threat to Forest Green and at no stage discussed potential sanctions.

A spokesperson told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The FA has clear kit and advertising regulations for all club matchday kits. Prior to the match, we informed Forest Green Rovers that using the logo they requested on their warm-up shirt would be in breach of these regulations, on the basis that it constitutes a political message. At no point did we suggest or refer to any sanctions in our communications with the club.’

Despite the FA’s ban on Forest Green Rovers, the club showed a Just Stop Oil message on their pitchside advertising hoardings during their second-round win against Alvechurch.

Just Stop Oil protestors have performed a series of stunts to rally against Government use of fossil fuels, including glueing themselves to roads, tying themselves to goalposts at Premier League matches and throwing a can of soup over a painting by Vicent van Gogh.




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