England captain Harry Kane found a unique way on Monday to make a bold statement in support of the LGBTQ+ community at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Ahead of Egland’s victory over Iran, Mr. Kane was pictured wearing a rainbow, diamond Rolex watch worth nearly $1 million as he arrived at the stadium in Doha.
Instagram account Insane Luxury Life shared a photo of Mr Kane wearing the timepiece. “England captain @harrykane wears a rare @rolex Daytona ‘Rainbow’ 116595RBOW in 18k rose gold, one of the most sought after pieces on the market,” the post’s caption read.
According to the Instagram post, the watch is set with 36 baguette-cut rainbow sapphires on the bezel, 56 brilliant-cut diamonds on the case, and 11 baguette-cut rainbow sapphires as hour markers. The watch was first released in 2012 in 18-karat white gold and 18-karat yellow gold, but was not highly appreciated by the market at the time.
Mr Kane’s eye-catching move came after he was forced to backtrack on plans to wear a OneLove bracelet in England’s opening match due to pressure from FIFA, the governing body of the football world. According to Fox Sportscaptains of seven European countries were threatened with yellow cards by FIFA if they went ahead with pre-tournament plans to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community at the World Cup.
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In the end, Mr Kane and other European countries bowed to FIFA’s demands and instead wore armbands with the words “No Discrimination” written on them. Mr Kane also made his own personal statement by wearing the rainbow diamond watch at the Khalifa International Stadium for the 6-2 victory over Iran.
Meanwhile, during World Cup matches in Qatar, fans have been banned from entering Doha’s stadiums wearing rainbow colors that signify support for same-sex relationships, which are illegal in the country. An American journalist also revealed that he was briefly detained before the opening US game for trying to enter a stadium wearing a rainbow T-shirt. Many Welsh football fans wearing rainbow hats were similarly banned from Ahmad bin Ali stadium on Monday evening.
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