For the World Cup, the result on the field counts, for life another gesture counts. There Germany lost 2 to 1 against Japan in its debut match at Qatar 2022. Germany won with a protest. Germany have used their traditional official pre-match photo with Japan to protest FIFA’s decision to ban One Love rainbow armbands. The Germans covered their mouths with their hands.
“Denying the armband is equivalent to denying us the voice,” writes the German Football Federation on social media, reiterating its opposition to Fifa’s choice to deny teams the possibility of having captains wear the armband of the One Live campaign. For the Germans he wore it, in the stands, the Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser, sitting next to the president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino.
The captain is on the field Manuel Neuer wears shoes with a splash of rainbow color and has a band with a heart, it’s not the forbidden one., but the assistant referee checks and the TV never gets a close view. The Germans, like the other six national teams involved, had shared the statement to give up the initiative, but they couldn’t let it go. The hand over the mouth is a clear sign: you have silenced us, but we will not remain silent. On the official accounts of the world championship, the photo does not appear.
The tweet from the German federation: «With our captain’s armband, we wanted to set an example of the values we live in the national team: diversity and mutual respect. To be strong together with other nations. This is not about sending a political message: human rights are not negotiable. This should go without saying. Unfortunately it is not yet. That’s why this message is so important to us. Banishing ourselves from the blindfold is like banning our mouths.”
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Source: Vanity Fair
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