England Wins Easily Against Iran, but Loses to FIFA on Armbands

World Cup organizers on Monday threatened to issue a yellow card to any player who wears a rainbow-colored armband at the World Cup, escalating a fight that had begun as a show of support for gay rights but has instead morphed into a showdown between world soccer’s governing body and a handful of European nations.

Harry Kane, the England captain, had been expected to be the first player to take the field in a multicolored armband emblazoned with the words “One Love” during World Cup matches when England played Iran in its opening game; instead, Kane took the field in a blue armband bearing the FIFA-approved phrase “No discrimination.”

The controversy didn’t hurt England between the lines. They went on to crush…

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