After the ban and threat of punishment by FIFA on the use of the captain’s armband with the inscription “One Love”, in support of the LGBTQIAP+ community, Germany took to the field for the first time at the World Cup in Qatar with a protest against the decision of the governing body of world football.
At the time of the official team photo, minutes before the start of the duel against Japan, the Germans covered their mouths. Germany are part of seven European teams that would wear the “One Love” captain’s armband, alongside England, Wales, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark🇧🇷 On Monday (21), the English knelt on the field before the start of the match against Iran, also in the form of protest.
The German captain, Manuel Neuer, one of the strongest defenders of the banned armband, hid the banner imposed by Fifa under his shirt from the moment he entered the field. Minutes before the start of the game, one of the referee’s assistants went to the German goalkeeper and asked to verify the presence of the prop. Neuer then showed the armband with the inscription “No Discrimination”, provided by FIFA.
Shortly after the start of the match, the German Football Association (DFB) issued an official statement, confirming that Neuer did not wear the “One Love” armband and explaining the reasons for the decision.
“We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand on the values we stand for in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard.”
“It wasn’t about making a political statement. Human rights are non-negotiable. This should be taken for granted, but it is not yet the case. That’s why this message is so important to us. Denying us the armband is the same as denying us our voice. We defend our position.”