World Cup: Harry Kane wears rainbow Rolex after OneLove armband ban

Harry Kane arrives for England's opening match in a rainbow coloured Rolex, after being banned form wearing the OneLove armband. (Getty Images)
Harry Kane appeared to wear a rainbow coloured Rolex after being banned form wearing the OneLove armband. (Getty Images)

Harry Kane appears to have found another way to make a statement in support of the LGBTQ+ community after he was pictured wearing a rainbow Rolex watch at the Qatar World Cup.

The multi-coloured watch, which could potentially be a reference to the rainbow Pride flag, retails at £535,000 on luxury fashion site Farfetch.

The England captain's apparent symbolic gesture came after he was forced to abandon plans to wear a OneLove armband in England's opening game due to pressure from world governing body, FIFA.

Ahead of England's 6-2 win over Iran, the 29-year-old footballer led the squad from the team coach into the dressing-room at the Khalifa International Stadium and appeared to be sporting the colourful watch on his wrist.

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The rainbow Rolex watch retails at £535,000 on Farfetch. (Farfetch)
The rainbow Rolex watch retails at £535,000 on Farfetch. (Farfetch)

Instagram account Insane Luxury Life shared a snap of Kane wearing the timepiece alongside the caption: "The captain of England @harrykane wears a rare @rolex Daytona 'Rainbow' 116595RBOW in 18k rose gold, one of the most sought after pieces on market."

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Seven European nations competing at the World Cup – including Germany, England and Wales – planned to wear OneLove anti-discrimination armbands during the tournament, but were dissuaded from doing so following the threat of sporting sanctions from FIFA.

The band contains the rainbow colours associated with the Pride flag and had been set to be a strong statement in Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships.

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Stock picture of Harry Kane arriving at the Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022. (Getty Images)
Harry Kane was planning to wear a OneLove armband but was threatened with sanctions. (Getty Images)
Stock picture of Harry Kane arriving ahead of England's first World Cup match against Iran. (Getty Images)
Was the rainbow Rolex a gesture of support for the LGBTQ+ community? (Getty Images)

On Monday Kane instead wore FIFA’s ‘No discrimination’ armband, which is not rainbow coloured.

The Tottenham striker had previously sported the OneLove armband in UEFA matches this season after the participating nations were given permission but he was unable to do so at the Khalifa International Stadium.

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“We’re disappointed,” he said after the match. “We wanted to wear it, that decision was taken out of my hands. I turned up to the stadium with the armband that I wore and I was told I had to wear that.

“Look, it’s out of our control as players. I’m sure the FA and FIFA will continue those discussions but most importantly today we focused on the game and got a great result.

“You’ve seen over the last five years we’ve made a stand as a squad and we’ll continue to do that as much as we can. We took the knee today as well but sometimes these decisions aren’t up to us and that’s the bottom line.”

Stock picture of the No Discrimination armband Harry Kane wore in the match on Monday. (Getty Images)
Harry Kane wore a No Discrimination armband in England's opening match. (Getty Images)

Despite not being able to wear the armband, England manager Gareth Southgate has not ruled out his team making a gesture to highlight human rights concerns in Qatar, as other nations have, but says they will not be pressured into doing so.

The German team covered their mouths for the team photo before their opening World Cup match against Japan on Wednesday, while the Australia squad released a video highlighting issues in the host country.

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Screen shot of Alex Scott wearing the OneLove armband during World Cup coverage. (BBC)
Alex Scott appears with a OneLove armband on the World Cup coverage. (BBC)

Earlier this week, former Lioness Alex Scott was praised for wearing the OneLove armband on air as she presented the BBC’s coverage of the England game in Doha.

Pride in Football, which represents LGBT+ fan groups in the UK, wrote on Twitter: “England may not be wearing the #OneLove armband, but @AlexScott is right now on BBC.

“This is more than just LGBTQ+ rights, this is Human Rights.”

Additional reporting PA.