England have been accused by MP Ruth Davidson of being “weak” and “folding” on their principles after they decided to ditch the OneLove armband during the World Cup due to the threat of on-field sanctions. Three Lions captain Harry Kane instead wore a FIFA-approved No Discrimination armband during his country’s World Cup opener against Iran on Monday as his country ran out 6-2 winners.
Meanwhile, FA Wales chief Noel Mooney has fumed at FIFA after Gareth Bale also had to scrap the OneLove armband against USA. The FAs of England and Wales both released a joint-statement on Monday morning, alongside Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to confirm that they would not be wearing the armband throughout the tournament in Qatar.
The football is set to continue in Qatar today, with Cristiano Ronaldo finally scheduled to get his World Cup campaign underway today when Portugal take on Ghana in their opening Group H encounter at 4pm.
The blockbuster star grabbed the headlines ahead of the tournament following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, where he said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United and had “no respect” for Erik ten Hag. And the Red Devils have since confirmed that Ronaldo has left the club “with immediate effect.”
Five-time world champions Brazil are also set to kick their tournament off when they go head-to-head with Serbia in the final game of the day at 7pm. The South American team last won the competition in 2002 after getting the better of Germany in the final and are the favourites to lift the trophy this time around after losing just one match since 2019.
Elsewhere, Premier League fans will be able to get a glimpse of Tottenham star Son Heung-min before those two games as South Korea will play Uruguay at 1pm. The forward is fit for the match, despite being forced to undergo an operation earlier this month after suffering fractures around his eye during Spurs’ Champions League trip to Marseille.
And the World Cup action gets underway at 10am when Switzerland face Cameroon. The teams have been drawn in the same group as Brazil – so both sides will surely be desperate to bag all three points this morning.
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