Players and politicians from Germany and Belgium have staged protests in Qatar over the banning by FIFA of the ‘One Love’ diversity armband.
Germany, Belgium stage WC armband protests
Germany’s players covered their mouths for their team photo before their opening World Cup match, a 2-1 loss to Japan, to protest against FIFA’s clampdown on the ‘One Love’ armband.
“It was a sign from the team, from us,” Germany coach Hansi Flick said after Wednesday’s (Thursday AEDT) shock defeat.
“FIFA is muzzling us.”
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wore a One Love armband – regarded as a symbol for inclusion and diversity – in the stands for her country’s match, sitting beside FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino.