Dale Vince blasts FA for hypocrisy following World Cup One Love bracelet saga with FIFA

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince blasts the FA for hypocrisy following World Cup armband saga with FIFA… alleging the governing body threatened his team with similar sanctions to prevent them from wearing Just shirts stop oil before a game

  • Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince accused the FA of hypocrisy
  • The FA protested after FIFA threatened sanctions over the OneLove bracelet
  • But Vince claims that the governing body threatened his team with similar sanctions.
  • FGR prevented from wearing Just Stop Oil shirts ahead of an FA Cup tie

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

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

England captain Kane had planned to wear the One Love armband to England’s first group match in Qatar to show support for the LGBT community only 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.

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 the FA threatened his team with 'unlimited penalties' if they wore Just Stop Oil shirts before a match

Vince claims the FA threatened his team with 'unlimited penalties' if they wore Just Stop Oil shirts before a match

Vince claims the FA threatened his team with ‘unlimited penalties’ if they wore Just Stop Oil shirts before a match

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

“The FA complain loudly and proudly that FIFA is preventing the One Love armband from being worn in Qatar and complain about their threat of unlimited sanctions,” Vince posted on Twitter.

“Weeks earlier they prevented Forest Green Rovers from wearing Just Stop Oil shirts in the Cup first round, threatening unlimited penalties.

‘The FA prevented us from wearing Just Stop Oil warm-up shirts; they said it was political… obviously incorrect. But as a result we face unlimited penalties. Sounds familiar?

“The only difference between what the FA sought to do in Qatar and what the FGR sought to do in England is the position of the FA.”

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

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

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

But the governing body threatened similar punishment if Vince's team wore jerseys from the controversial Just Stop Oil group.

But the governing body threatened similar punishment if Vince's team wore jerseys from the controversial Just Stop Oil group.

But the governing body threatened similar punishment if Vince’s team wore jerseys from the controversial Just Stop Oil group.

The FA insist they made no such threat to Forest Green and at no point did they discuss possible sanctions.

A spokesperson told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The FA have clear kit and advertising rules for all club matchday kits. We informed Forest Green Rovers ahead of the match that using their requested logo on their warm-up shirt would violate these rules, on the grounds that it constitutes a political message. At no time do we suggest or refer to any sanction in our communications with the club.”

Despite the FA ban on Forest Green Rovers, the club displayed a Just Stop Oil message on their pitchside billboards during their second round win against Alvechurch.

Just Stop Oil protesters have performed a number of stunts to protest the government’s use of fossil fuels, including sticking to roads, tying themselves to goal posts at Premier League matches and throwing a can of soup on a painting by Vincent van Gogh.

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