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FA gives permission for rainbow version of Three Lions insignia ahead of England's first World Cup match

The LGBT group Three Lions Pride designed and commissioned the new insignia

2018-06-18

The Football Association (FA) has given the go ahead for a special rainbow version of the Three Lions insignia to fly during England’s first World Cup match.

England are set to face Tunisia in their first game of the month-long tournament tonight (June 18) and LGBT+ support group, Three Lions Pride, has been given permission to design the new look, which was designed by David Gwinnutt.

However, the design needed to be approved by the FA for the rights to use the iconic insignia, but now the FA have given approval for the flag to be flown.

Di Cunningham, of the Three Lions Pride, told the Daily Beast: “The FA definitely wants it to be seen and wants us to go.

“They have endorsed it. To create the banner, we had to clear the use of the image’s rights with them. We will also be wearing specially designed scarves with the same design.

“Both the FA’s endorsement. It’s a very limited run. We are not allowed to sell them or make any more of them.

“The FA wants the visibility and association with the LGBTQ+ inclusion.”