Germany players made a statement in response to the ongoing pressure from FIFA not to wear the planned OneLove armbands during the World Cup.
Di mercoledì, the German players covered their mouths during a group photo before the team’s match against Japan, which Germany lost 1-2.
Following the match, striker Kai Havertz told ESPN suo “important” to his team to “do a statement like this.”
Havertz, 23, continua: “We spoke about the game, what we can do, and I think first it was the right time to do to show the people that — yeah, we try to help wherever we can. Certo, FIFA makes it not easy for us, but we tried to show with that thing.”
Germany’s leftwinger Julian Brandt told the outlet the decision to cover their mouths “was really spontaneous” but the team wanted to do something to make a statement on the “critical topic.”
Germany was one of several teams who had planned to wear the anti-discrimination “OneLove” armbands until soccer’s governing body FIFA announced on Monday that the captains of teams who wear them will be given a yellow card.
“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” the seven soccer teams said Monday in una dichiarazione congiunta. “As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including bookings.”
FIFA said in a statement that teams could only wear FIFA-issued armbands. The organization said they had different armbands designated for each stage of the tournament, and after the seven teams dropped their plans to wear the OneLove bands, FIFA would allow the use of their own No Discrimination armbands throughout the four weeks of play.
The statement read: “Following discussions, FIFA can confirm its No Discrimination campaign has been brought forward from the planned quarter-finals stage in order that all 32 captains will have the opportunity to wear this armband during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
FIFA stated that the decision is “in line with” FIFA Equipment Regulations. “For FIFA Final Competitions, the captain of each Team must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA.”
The statement claimed that these regulations “exist to preserve the integrity of the field of play for all participants” e sono “equally applicable to all competing teams.”
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