FIFA World Cup 2022: In an apparent attempt to outline FIFA’s armband ban, Germany National Football Team players covered their lips for a team portrait before their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener against Japan.
Hansi Flick’s team also warmed up in rainbow-sleeved practice jerseys after FIFA World Cup 2022 threatened to punish players for making political comments during the contentious tournament in Qatar.
OneLove rainbow armbands were to be worn by seven countries, including Germany, to show support for the LGBTQ+ community and to demonstrate that football is for everyone.
Additionally, there was support in the crowd, as German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wore the OneLove armband while watching the match with Japan.
FIFA World Cup 2022: What did the German FA tweet?
The German FA tweeted shortly after the pre-game demonstration: “In the German national team, diversity and respect are ideals we wanted to show up for by donning the captain’s armband. We wanted to be heard alongside other countries.”
Making a political statement wasn’t the goal because human rights are unalienable. Even while that ought to be common knowledge, it still isn’t. This is why we consider this message to be so crucial. Giving us the armband without giving us a voice is the same thing. We maintain our stance.
Before the game began, a linesman was seen making sure that Manuel Neuer, the captain, wasn’t donning the OneLove armband, which the Bayern Munich goalkeeper had allegedly been donning.
The DFB is reportedly considering legal action against FIFA World Cup 2022 in the wake of the controversy, according to a report in the German media outlet Bild on Tuesday. It is stated that the International Court of Arbitration for Sport may be consulted over such a judgement.
FIFA World Cup 2022: What was said by Steffen Simon?
Steffen Simon, a spokesman for the DFB, was cited as saying: “We are not allowed to display an emblem of diversity and human rights because of FIFA. They accompanied this restriction with severe but unnamed threats of sporting penalties. The DFB is investigating the legality of FIFA’s move.”
After players like Harry Kane and Gareth Bale chose not to wear the OneLove armband in Qatar as a result of decisions made by their respective FAs. Bernd Neuendorf, the head of the German FA, has since accused FIFA of creating an “unprecedented exhibition of power.”
“FIFA stopped a statement in support of diversity and human rights. Neuendorf said they affirm their commitment to upholding these principles in their own statutes.
“That’s both unprecedented and more than frustrating. This, in our opinion, is a power play by FIFA. They warned us that we would face sports sanctions. A noteworthy occurrence, just hours before Harry Kane and Virgil Van Dijk took the field.
“We didn’t want to put gamers at risk by having them fight this battle on their backs. They can steal our armband, but we’ll still represent the ideals we hold dear. Making the choice with the other Europeans was the proper course to follow. Months prior, we informed FIFA of our intention to wear the armband, but we never received a response. The timing appeared planned.”