German gamers lined their mouths in a Qatari stadium right this moment, earlier than kick off of their World Cup conflict with Japan in protest of FIFA’s choice to ban an LGBTQ armband.
This comes after the world soccer governing physique threatened sanctions towards groups and their captains in the event that they go forward with their plan to put on the ‘OneLove’ armband – which is a symbolic protest towards legal guidelines in Qatar, the place homosexuality is unlawful.
All German gamers took half within the gesture in entrance of dozens of photographers on the pitch forward of their Group E match kickoff, which ended with the Germans dropping 2-1 to their Japanese opponents in one other World Cup shock after Argentina misplaced 2 -1 to Saudi Arabia.
After the protest and because the match kicked off, the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB) launched an announcement emphatically supporting its crew, saying: ‘To ban the armband is like banning our proper to talk.’
Watching from the stands, Germany’s Inside Minister Nancy Faeser wore the armband herself. She had hidden it beneath a pink blazer, which she took off as the sport started – revealing the band and its emblem.
Many followers insist Hansi Flick’s males ‘deserved’ to lose for focusing ‘solely on politics’, claiming they acquired ‘sidetracked’ within the course of. Followers accused them of failing to make an announcement on the pitch, as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat by Japan quickly after.
One fan wrote: ‘Germany deserved that for being so obsessive about rainbow armbands and politics.’
One other stated: ‘Do not get sidetracked by the ‘politics’ and simply play your soccer. All these useless advantage signaling is not serving to you win. Germany ought to’ve received this”