Germany’s coach comments on “gag mouths” in the Japan game

Germany’s coach comments on “gag mouths” in the Japan game
Germany’s coach comments on “gag mouths” in the Japan game

Germany’s coach comments on “gag mouths” in the Japan game

After the defeat of the “Manshafts” against his Japanese counterpart at the World Cup finals in Qatar, national coach Hansi Flick confirmed that his country’s players put their hands on their mouths before the intended start of the game to send a message to the world public.

In the official photo before their game with the “Samurai” team at the opening of the Group E competitions, the German internationals put their hands in front of the team captain’s mouth in protest at the refusal of the International Football Association (FIFA) to wear the “One Love” badge wear to support the LGBT community.

The leaders of seven European teams wanted to wear these badges as part of a campaign against discrimination during the tournament in Qatar, but the move was canceled after FIFA threatened disciplinary action.

Flick refused to link the loss to the team’s preoccupation with matters outside of football

Flick said at the press conference that with this movement they wanted to “send a message that FIFA has forced them to be silent”.

The Germany coach dismissed the claim that one of the main reasons for the sudden defeat by Japan was that his country’s football association was focusing on other things off the pitch, saying: “It’s a cheap and unacceptable excuse.”

The German national team had previously announced via their Twitter account: “We wanted our captain’s armband to express our attitude towards the values ​​we uphold in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other countries, we wanted to have our voice heard.”

“It wasn’t about a political position – human rights are non-negotiable. That should go without saying, but it isn’t. That is why this message is so important to us.”

On the other hand, the newspaper reportedThe timesThe associations of the seven European national teams that have been banned from wearing the LGBTIQ support badge by FIFA intend to take legal action against FIFA.

In this regard, the CEO of the Danish Football Association, Jacob Jensen, confirmed that his country, along with Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Wales, have announced that they are looking into legal ways to sue FIFA and legal avenues to achieve this.

The Danish Football Association also announced that it would not support the re-election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA President in the upcoming elections due to the ban on wearing the One Love badge.


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