German players cover their faces in protest at World Cup

The team traditionally lined up before Wednesday’s match against Japan, but all 11 players covered their faces with their right hands. protest by covering face with hands Germany players cover their faces during the first pre-match team photo at the World Cup, amid a crackdown by FIFA on plans to wear armbands to protest discrimination […]
 


German players cover their faces in protest at World Cup

The team traditionally lined up before Wednesday’s match against Japan, but all 11 players covered their faces with their right hands.

protest by covering face with hands

Germany players cover their faces during the first pre-match team photo at the World Cup, amid a crackdown by FIFA on plans to wear armbands to protest discrimination in host country Qatar’s censure system. The team traditionally lined up before Wednesday’s match against Japan, but all 11 players covered their faces with their right hands.

Punishment for wearing the ‘One Love’ armband

It appears that this was a response to FIFA’s warning to the seven European federations, including Germany. FIFA said players would be penalized for wearing colorful ‘One Love’ armbands as a symbol of inclusion and diversity. The captains of these seven teams planned to wear armbands.

 

FIFA issued a warning

Qatar has come under scrutiny for its human rights record and laws criminalizing homosexuality. Football’s world governing body FIFA issued a warning on Monday when the captains of the first of the seven teams walk down the armband after hours. FIFA said players would be shown yellow cards immediately. Those who criticized FIFA’s decision included Germany coach Hansi Flick and the president of the Football Federation, Bernd Neuendorff.