German footballers hide their lips to protest FIFA.

Qatar: Germany’s players covered their lips for their team portrait before their first World Cup match to protest FIFA’s prohibition on armbands to protest discrimination in Qatar.

DOHA, Qatar — In an apparent rebuttal to FIFA’s crackdown on plans to wear armbands to protest prejudice in Qatar, Germany’s players covered their lips for their team portrait before their first World Cup match.This took place before Germany’s opening match.

Prior to their match on Wednesday against Japan, the squad lined up in their customary formation, and while doing so, everyone of the 11 players covered their lips with their right hand.
It appeared to be a response to FIFA’s warning to the seven European federations, including Germany’s, that players would be penalized if they wore colorful “One Love” armbands as a symbol for inclusion and diversity in the game. FIFA’s warning stated that players would be penalized if they wore the armbands. Armbands were supposed to be worn by the seven captains of the competing teams.

German footballers hide their lips to protest FIFA.

The human rights record of Qatar, as well as its laws that criminalize homosexuality, have been the subject of intense criticism.

The warning was sent by the governing body of soccer on Monday, only a few hours before the first games were scheduled to be played with the captain of each side wearing the armband. FIFA said that each of the players will get a caution card immediately.

The decision made by FIFA was criticized by a number of people, including the head coach of Germany, Hansi Flick, and the president of the German Soccer Federation, Bernd Neuendorf.

Neuendorf called FIFA’s warning a “low blow.” The governing body hasn’t commented on Germany’s gesture.

The warning has been referred to by Neuendorf as “another low blow” from FIFA. The governing body has remained silent over the action taken by the Germans on Wednesday.

At the game between Germany and Japan, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, who is also responsible for sports, was seen in the grandstand wearing an armband that said “One Love.” A picture that Faeser took of herself while she was wearing it and then tweeted with the hashtag “#OneLove”

German footballers hide their lips to protest FIFA.

According to the DPA news agency, Faeser wore the armband underneath a pink jacket throughout the first half of the game, but she took it off at the break.

During the game, Faeser was sitting right next to Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA.

Earlier, Faeser chastised Qatar for demanding a German fan remove a rainbow-colored wristband and headband while attending another game, and he did so by saying that the act was unacceptable.

“This is not in accordance with my understanding of the security promises that I was provided by the (Qatari) interior minister,” Faeser said. “This is not in line with my understanding of the security guarantees that I was given.” “Everyone needs to be protected by the security measures. This has left me with a deep sense of dissatisfaction.”

When it comes to issues of sexual diversity, the rainbow flag is often waved as a sign of acceptance and tolerance.

Faeser is quoted as saying, “such emblems should be publicly exposed,” in her view.

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