England feared a harsher punishment for the OneLove bracelet as players gather to discuss the next move

England players reportedly feared an even worse penalty than just a yellow card if they had worn the OneLove bracelet in their opening game against Iran.

This World Cup has proven controversial so far, with hosts Qatar arguably never looking like a particularly suitable host due to question marks over the treatment of migrant workers in preparation for this tournament, as well as their laws on homosexuality.

England and other countries had planned a protest to show support for the LGBTQI+ community, but were threatened with a yellow card for players wearing the armband.

According to the Independent, some players feared even worse: that they could even receive red cards if they defied FIFA’s orders.

England players during their 6-2 victory over Iran

The report adds that England have held a team meeting to discuss what to do next, with the players seemingly keen not to make a hasty decision.

German players staged their own protest for their defeat against Japan, covered their mouths with their team photo and released a statement from the national team’s Twitter account.

It remains to be seen if we will witness something similar from Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of tomorrow’s game against the USA.

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