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Published 25 November 2022 2 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Wembley Stadium lights up in Rainbow colours

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FA Communications

The Wembley Stadium arch was lit up in rainbow colours on Friday evening in show of support for One Love message
Football has the power to bring people together, eradicate social barriers and be a force for good.

It is our core belief that football should be For All. This is not a new belief or set of values, but something we set out to strive towards many years ago, and The FA’s most recent equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, ‘A Game For All’, was launched in October 2021.

While we acknowledge there is much more work to be done, we are proud of the achievements to date, whether that be tackling discrimination, creating opportunities for people to play football and bringing communities together.

Attempting to eradicate discrimination of any kind, including homophobia, from football is something which everyone at The FA believes in strongly and have looked to support for a number of years.
England captain Harry Kane wore the One Love armband during September's UEFA Nations League games
England captain Harry Kane wore the One Love armband during September's UEFA Nations League games
Whether it be Harry Kane wearing the rainbow captain’s armband, Jordan Henderson’s rainbow laces during EURO 2020, or our continued stance on taking the knee.

This is why we were all so disappointed by FIFA’s unprecedented ruling on Monday around the OneLove armband, and the squad’s current position was explained by England manager Gareth Southgate on Thursday who said: "I think we've got to be comfortable that we know what we stand for.

"Of course, The FA take the responsibility seriously and we're never going to duck any questions, and the fact we're still talking about these issues keeps them in the spotlight."

The FA will continue to show our support to the LGBTQ+ community and all other communities during this tournament and long beyond, starting with lighting up the Wembley Stadium arch in rainbow colours for Friday night’s match with the USA.

#OneLove #FAForAll