World Cup 2022: OneLove armband – Germany players cover mouths amid row with Fifa

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The German players covered their mouths during a team photo session ahead of their World Cup opening match against Japan amid an argument with Fifa over OneLove’s captaincy.

The action comes after the players were threatened with penalty cards by FIFA for wearing the OneLove captain’s armband during matches in Qatar.

Captains of seven European countries have worn it to promote diversity and inclusion.

The German Football Federation (DFB) wrote on Twitter: “It is not a political statement.

“Human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it’s not. That’s why this message is so important to us.

“Rejecting our captaincy is like denying our voice. We stand our ground.”

Germany is one of the teams that have planned to wear the OneLove captain’s armband, along with England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Fifa has launched its own ‘No Discrimination’ campaign, scheduled to start in the quarterfinals.

Captains will now be allowed to wear the Non-Discrimination armband for the duration of the tournament.

Germany’s captain Manuel Neuer wore the Fifa armband during the match against Japan.

“We want to use our captaincy to defend the values ​​we hold in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect,” the DFB added.

“Together with other countries, we want our voices to be heard.”

The DFB said it was investigating whether Fifa’s threat to punish players wearing the captain’s armband was legal.

DFB communications director Steffen Simon said: “Fifa has banned us from using the symbol of diversity and human rights.

“They have combined this with major threats of sports sanctions without stating them.

“The DFB is checking whether this action by Fifa is legal or not.”

Simon told German media Bild that the DFB has been in contact with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) about the matter and hopes Neuer will be able to wear the OneLove captain’s armband in the second match in Group E against Spain on Sunday.

Danish football federation chief executive Jakob Jensen said the seven countries that had planned to wear the OneLove captaincy were “coordinating” discussing their next legal steps.

However, he said it was “impossible” to meet with Cas on the matter.

He added: “If you want to go through Cas, you need to make a complaint in Fifa’s system first, you need to go to the complaints agency, then you can go through Cas.”

Simon said before that the seven countries are faced “extreme blackmail” from Fifa.

German supermarket chain Rewe has suspended an advertising contract with the DFB to stay away from Fifa.

Harry Kane wore Fifa’s captain’s armband as England kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, with the Three Lions players also kneeling before the game began.

In September, it was announced that the captains of 10 European countries – England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands – will wear the OneLove captain’s armband at Nations League and World Cup matches.

Norway and Sweden were excluded from the World Cup, while France captain Hugo Lloris said he would not wear the captain’s armband because he wanted to “show respect” to Qatar.

The Netherlands started the OneLove campaign ahead of Euro 2020 to promote diversity and inclusion, and as an anti-discrimination message.

Same-sex relationships and promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalized in Qatar, as they are considered immoral under Islamic Sharia law.

Meanwhile, former England winger Andros Townsend said he was “a bit upset” about the protests against Qatar’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights in the country based on Islamic Sharia law.

Speaking on TalkSport, the Everton forward said Muslim players respect campaigns like the rainbow tie in the UK, but they “can’t promote for fear of going against their religion”.

He added: “It’s hard – when they’re in our country, they respect our beliefs. We come to their country, we don’t agree with it, but it’s still a religious belief. their religion.

“I’m a bit annoyed that we’re here to protest and upset a culture when these people are in their own country.”

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