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In a team photo before the start of the game against the Japanese team, the German players covered their mouths with their hands. This is how players reacted to FIFA’s ban on wearing captain’s armbands in support of LGBT people at games.

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Footballers of the German national team held a protest before the match of the first round of the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar with the Japanese team. In a team photo before the start of the meeting, they covered their mouths with their hands.

This is how the players reacted to FIFA’s ban on wearing captain armbands with the words “One Love” in support of LGBT at games.

“We wanted to use the captain’s armband to uphold the values ​​we share in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other peoples, we wanted our voice to be heard. It was not a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. This should be taken for granted, but it is still not the case. That is why this message is so important to us. Denying us the use of this eyepatch is like denying us our voice. We stand on our position, says in a statement on Twitter (the social network is blocked in Russia) of the national team.

Photo: Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

Photo: Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

German Interior Minister Nancy Feather came to the match with the Japanese in this armband. On the podium, she sits next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Previously, seven European teams (England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark) were going to use the captain’s armband with the inscription One Love in the matches of the tournament, however, as the Telegraph reported, they were threatened with yellow cards for this. As a result, all seven teams abandoned this idea, but threatened to “take a critical look at their relationship with FIFA.”

Following its ban, FIFA decided to extend the anti-discrimination campaign to all World Cup matches in Qatar. Initially, it was assumed that armbands with the inscription No Discrimination would be worn by the captains of the national teams, starting from the quarter-finals.

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