In this football language newspaper headline from the i-newspaper, we look at the expression,’One Love on the Pitch but Disharmony off it‘ which is a reference to England’s opening win at the tournament but also at the problems surrounding the captain’s armband. You can see more newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newspaper Headlines: One Love on the Pitch but Disharmony off it
In this headline from the i-newspaper, there is a continuation of the controversy around the ‘One Love’ rainbow armband that captain Harry Kane was planning to wear in England’s opening game at the 2022 World Cup but which FIFA prevented him from doing so. The armband design included the rainbow colours and also the slogan ‘OneLove’ in support of LGBT+ communities. This idea of OneLove in the headline is all about happiness and togetherness and has been used to describe England’s happiness at easily defeating Iran 6-2. However, away from the pitch things are not so harmonious and this is why they have used the word ‘disharmony’ to describe this situation; with FIFA threatening countries if they wore the armband.Of course, the final two words of the phrase ‘off it’ refers to what’s going on away from the game itself – ‘off the pitch’. A summary of the headline would be something like, ‘England played really well despite the problems they faced with FIFA over the captain’s Rainbow Armband.’
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