Germany will face no disciplinary action after Hansi Flick’s side covered their mouths in their team photo against Japan in protest at FIFA’s decision to ban the OneLove armband at the World Cup in Qatar. The 2014 world champions were one of seven nations willing to wear the armband in support of the LGBTQ+ community before they were told captain Manuel Neuer could face a one-match ban if he dons the symbol colored from inclusion.
FIFA’s decision to ban the armband was scrutinized and the timing of the appeal, which came just hours before England’s World Cup opener against Iran on Monday, was left tournament managers and players scratching their heads in frustration.
Initially it was suggested the captains could be booked for the political gesture, but further details emerged confirming the players were in fact facing bans – putting countries in a corner.
Shortly after Germany’s gesture, the German Football Federation released the following statement: “With our captain’s armband, we wanted to set an example of the values we live by in the national team: diversity and mutual respect. Make noise with other nations.
“Human rights are non-negotiable,” the statement added, and “denying us the armband is like depriving ourselves of a voice. We maintain our position.”
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Six of the German players – including Neuer – wore rainbow laces in their Group E opener, which ended in a sickening 2-1 loss to Japan.
Germany were ahead in the first half when Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan successfully sent in a penalty.
But things would get worse in the second half when Japan made several game-changing changes.
Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano both scored in an explosive second-half turnover for the Asian underdogs.
Flick’s side had no response and didn’t appear to equalize as they searched for a leveler.
Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu also had a brilliant performance at the back after coming on at half-time.
Germany now face the prospect of elimination after just one game as they seek to turn the tide against Spain at the weekend.
Luis Enrique’s side appear to be one of the strongest in the tournament after beating Costa Rica 7-0 in their opener in Doha.
Source : BBN NEWS