DFB-Elf sets a sign seconds before the start of the World Cup – Association explains surprising message
Created: 11/24/2022, 2:40 p.m
By: Kai Hartwig
At the first World Cup game of the German national team, there are protest actions by the DFB stars.
Interior Minister Faeser snubs FIFA boss Infantino.
Al-Rayyan – Before the German national team started the World Cup against Japan on Wednesday, the debate about the “One Love” armband had dominated for days.
Instead of sporting concerns, FIFA's ban on wearing the armband became the dominant topic.
World Cup opener against Japan: DFB-Elf reacts to the "One Love" debate with a protest action
Immediately before the game against Japan kicked off, the DFB team sent a clear signal in the direction of world association and World Cup host Qatar.
The starting eleven of national coach Hansi Flick demonstratively covered his mouth with his hand for the team photo.
The substitute players as well as the coaching and support staff also took part in the campaign.
The German internationals responded to FIFA's censorship with a clear gesture.
The DFB posted a photo of the team picture on social media and explained the symbolic gesture.
"With our captain's armband, we wanted to set an example for values that we live in the national team: diversity and mutual respect.
Be loud together with other nations.
It's not about a political message: Human rights are non-negotiable," the association wrote on Twitter.
"Forbidding us this bandage is like banning our mouths.
Our stance stands.”
World Cup in Qatar: DFB team warms up in rainbow shirts before the Japan game
By banning the “One Love” armband, FIFA had previously attempted to silence the DFB and other associations of European World Cup participants.
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has repeatedly emphasized that he refuses to make political statements.
The participants should refrain from drawing attention to the grievances in Qatar and addressing them.
Despite the "One Love" ban, the DFB sends a signal with colorful sleeves on the warm-up shirts.
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In the game between Germany and Japan, the FIFA President had to see with his own eyes that the players and officials at the DFB did not want to comply with his demands.
In the Khalifa International Stadium in Al-Rayyan, the German national team performed a highly symbolic action in addition to the "mouth-to-mouth gesture" during the warm-up.
The team got ready on the pitch in shirts with rainbow colors, showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
Federal Interior Minister Faeser is sitting in the stands with a "One Love" armband - right next to Infantino
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf had previously confirmed after a meeting with German fans that the association was considering "legal action" against the ban on the "One Love" bandage.
However, no official complaint has yet been filed.
According to Neuendorf, the DFB received a written statement from FIFA.
Wearing the "One Love" captain's armband meant that "the referee had to react".
In addition, the world association would reserve the right to impose further penalties.
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Interior Minister Faeser sits with the "One Love" armband next to FIFA boss Infantio.
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Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser, who also watched the game between Germany and Japan in the stadium, set another example.
She smuggled the "One Love" armband into the arena under her pink jacket.
In the stands, she revealed her secret and wore the armband openly.
The minister also spoke to Infantino.
And sat right next to the FIFA boss during the game, complete with the "One Love" armband.
Infantino is unlikely to have liked the protests from the German side.