World Cup 2022: Why did German players cover their mouths at the World Cup in Qatar?

World Cup 2022: Why did German players cover their mouths at the World Cup in Qatar?
World Cup 2022: Why did German players cover their mouths at the World Cup in Qatar?

World Cup 2022: Why did German players cover their mouths at the World Cup in Qatar?

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Germany’s squad against Japan at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Against the background of a dispute with the world football governing body (FIFA) over the wearing of the ‘Love One’ badge.

The move comes after FIFA threatened players with penalties for wearing the LGBT support badge during matches of the World Cup in Qatar.

Seven European captains were expected to wear the One Love armband during the tournament.

The German Football Association announced on Twitter that it was “not about sending a political message”.

He added: “Human rights are non-negotiable. That should go without saying, but it isn’t. That is why this message is so important to us.”

“Forbidding us to wear the badge is like forbidding us to speak. We stand by our position.”

The German team was to wear the “One Love” badge along with England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

FIFA had prepared its own campaign under the motto “No Discrimination”, which was to start with the quarter-finals.

Team captains are now allowed to wear a No Discrimination badge for the duration of the tournament. That’s what Germany’s captain, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, did in the game against Japan.

“With our captain’s armband, we want to set an example that supports our values ​​in the German national team,” said the DFB.

He added: “We and other countries want our voice to be heard.”

The German Football Association announced it was examining whether the law would allow FIFA to threaten players with penalties for wearing the armband.

“FIFA has banned us from using the symbol of diversity and human rights,” said DFB media director Stephen Simon.

He added that they “contributed to these massive threats of unspecified sporting sanctions”.

Simon said the DFB is checking “whether this action by FIFA is legal”.

In an interview with Germany’s “Bild” newspaper, he said that the German Football Association has approached the sport’s tribunal on the matter and he hopes Neuer will win the “One Love” award in his team’s second game. Armlet could wear in Group E on Sunday against Spain.

Simon previously said the seven nations are facing “extreme blackmail” from FIFA.

The supermarket chain Rewe has stopped advertising to the German Football Association (DFB) in order to distance itself from FIFA.

Harry Kane wore the FIFA armband in England’s first game against Iran on Monday. In September it was announced that the captains of 10 European teams – England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and France – will wear the One Love armband at World Cup matches.

Norway and Sweden failed to qualify for the World Cup, while France captain Hugo Lloris said he will not wear the armband because he “wanted to show respect” to Qatar.

Qatar criminalizes and encourages same-sex relationships.

Former England winger Andros Townsend said he was “a little uneasy” amid protests over Qatar’s stance on LGBT rights in the country.

Speaking to TalkSport, the Everton striker said Muslim players respect campaigns like rainbow slogans in the UK but they “can’t market them because they fear it contradicts their religion”.

“It’s difficult – when they’re in our country, they respect our beliefs. We come to their country, we don’t agree with that, but it’s still their religious belief,” he added.

“I’m a little uncomfortable that we come here and protest and disrupt a culture while these people are in their own country,” he said.

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