World Cup 2022
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Of: Sascha Mehr, Tobias Utz

The situation around the World Cup in Qatar at a glance: the news ticker on Monday, November 21st.

+++ 2 p.m.: DFB President Bernd Neuendorf has sharply criticized Qatar for banning the one-love armband at the 2022 World Cup. “It is a demonstration of power by Fifa,” he said at a press conference on Monday afternoon. The DFB did not want to carry this process out on the backs of the players, explained Neuendorf: “It wasn’t a question of faith, it was a clear threat,” he said again in the direction of Fifa. Neuendorf referred this primarily to the threatened sanctions at the World Cup. DFB director Oliver Bierhoff also commented on this. “Fifa’s behavior is frustrating. It feels a lot like censorship,” says Bierhoff. “You can take the bandage from us, but not our values.” Bierhoff also emphasized that Manuel was “very disappointed” that he was not allowed to wear the One Love bandage.

+++ 12.30 p.m.: The DFB has now commented on the ban on one-love pads at the World Cup in Qatar. “We are witnessing an unprecedented event in World Cup history. We will not carry out the confrontation brought about by Fifa on Manuel Neuer’s back,” said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf. The association also announced that fines would have been accepted. “However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they are warned or even forced to leave the field.” The DFB is “very frustrated with the Fifa decision”.

Manuel Neuer with the One Love bandage. © Markus Ulmer / Ulmer / Imago Images

+++ 11.45 a.m.: FIFA justified the ban on the “One Love” captain’s armband with the World Cup regulations recognized by all participants. In a statement, the association explicitly emphasized Article 13.8.1 of the Equipment Rules: “For Fifa finals, the captain of each team must wear an armband provided by Fifa.” follow all known rules.

News about the 2022 World Cup: One-Love ties banned – FIFA threatens sanctions

+++ 11.00 a.m.: Germany, England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland have instructed their team captains not to wear the One Love armband at the World Cup in Qatar. “Fifa has made it very clear that if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch, they will impose sporting sanctions. As national federations, we cannot put our players in a situation where they face sporting sanctions, including dismissals. That’s why we asked the captains not to wear the armbands at World Cup games,” said a joint statement from the associations, like the BBC reported.

“The fact that Fifa wants to punish us on the pitch is unique and goes against the spirit of sport, which unites millions,” says the Dutch association KNVB. “We stand by the ‘One Love’ message and will continue to spread it, but our number one priority is winning games. You don’t want the captain to start the game with a yellow card.”

+++ 10.45 a.m.: The opening game of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar interested far fewer people in Germany than the first game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. An average of 6.209 million people watched the game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador (0:2) in ZDF, as calculated by “AGF Videoforschung”. Four years earlier had in the ARD an average of 10.01 million viewers watched the opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia (5-0). The difference in market share was also clear. On Sunday it was 28.2 percent. In 2018 it was 52.0 percent on a Thursday. Both games kicked off in the afternoon.

News about the 2022 World Cup: USA and England backing out of one-love ties?

+++ 10.15 a.m.: Just before the England national team’s first game, there is excitement about the One Love captain’s armband. There are fears of “sporting sanctions”, such as a yellow card for captain Harry Kane, who was supposed to wear the captain’s armband on Monday, according to media reports, a few hours before kick-off. Association boss Mark Bullingham spoke in a radio interview of a dynamic situation. Wales, which meets the USA on Monday evening, could also withdraw at short notice after the threat of sanctions

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News about the 2022 World Cup: Commentator Fuss almost missed the opening game

Update from Monday, November 21, 9:00 a.m.: Commentator Wolff-Christoph Fuss almost missed the start of transmission of the World Cup opening game between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday. “The bus driver didn’t know the way,” explained Fuss at the beginning of the TV broadcast. Fuss got involved with part of the Magenta TV-Crew found in a bus in front of the gates of the arena long before kick-off. “He then went 5 kilometers in the wrong direction and we suddenly found ourselves in a parking lot in the desert. Then the police came. That was the moment when I knew that the opening ceremony could be tight,” said the journalist. Fuss only arrived at the stadium during the World Cup opening ceremony. He then explained with amusement: “When Morgan Freeman came, we marched in here by the sweat of our brow”.

News about the 2022 World Cup: chaos at the fan festival in Doha

First report from Monday, November 21, 8:15 a.m.: Doha – Chaotic scenes erupted at Fanfest in the Qatari capital Doha on Sunday (November 20), according to consistent reports from news agencies. Access to al-Bidda Park was closed just before the kick-off of the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. The local police said afterwards that the rush was too big, the police said. The news agency AP according to tens of thousands crowded into the venue. Accredited media representatives were also denied access at this point. The site can accommodate 40,000 people. The news agency Reuters reports that twice as many tried to get in. (smr/tu with dpa/AFP)

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