The German national team sets an example in Qatar: the DFB stars showed up in rainbow stripes in the run-up to the first World Cup game. Because of the ban on the “One Love” bandage, the reaction had been eagerly awaited.
Protest in rainbow colors: The German national soccer team is setting an example in the debate about the banned “One Love” armband. During the warm-up for the game against Japan on Wednesday, the DFB stars wore shirts with the Adidas logo in the rainbow colors. It continued with the march-in immediately before kick-off: Hansi Flick’s kickers wore rainbow colors on their jacket sleeves. The highlight of the protest: the German athletes cover their mouths during the team photo. A clear reaction to the ban on the “One Love” armband.
A German reaction had been eagerly awaited before the game. “We will see. That kept the players very busy,” said DFB managing director Oliver Bierhoff a few hours before kick-off on ARD.
DFB examines “legal steps”
After a meeting with German fans, DFB President Bernd Neuendorf confirmed that the association was currently examining “legal action” against the ban by world governing body FIFA. But the lawsuit isn’t on the way yet. According to Neuendorf, FIFA wrote to the DFB a few hours before kick-off in response to a request from the DFB that “the referee must react” if the bandage is worn: “FIFA also reserves the right to call the Disciplinary Committee, which can then impose further penalties if necessary “.
The DFB received support from the Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, who had traveled to Qatar. She attacked FIFA fiercely and is hoping for a defiant reaction from the DFB. “I criticize FIFA’s actions in the strongest terms,” said Faeser: “I hope that it will be legally clarified whether the ban is permissible – and that it will come out that it is not permissible.”