Fifa in the skylight of a committed German selection

Germany challenged FIFA on Qatari grounds on Wednesday 23 November. Before the start of their first group match against Japan, the Mannschaft players mimed a gag by placing their hands in front of their mouths in the photo of the match.

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In the official stands, the German Minister of the Interior in charge of sports, Nancy Faeser, seated just to the left of Gianni Infantino, the boss of FIFA, donned the famous inclusive armband one Love », before tweeting the photo on social networks. And put on a jacket covering the headband.

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Concomitantly, the German federation sent a scathing press release on social networks to affirm that “Human rights are non-negotiable”an expression used in the morning by the government spokesman in Berlin. “To forbid us to wear the armband is to forbid us to speak. Our position is clear”according to the text.

Happenings since qualifying

The German selection has been at loggerheads with FIFA since the qualifying phases for the 2022 World Cup. From their first qualifying match against Iceland in Duisburg, at the beginning of March 2021, the Mannschaft wore jerseys registered “Human Rights”. An action on the initiative of footballers, welcomed by the boss of FC Bayern, who had dubbed “responsible players”.

“FIFA believes in freedom of expression and the power of football to bring about positive change”the governing body of football said at the time.

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Less than a month after this first gesture, the Germans did it again against Romania by wearing the numbers on their jersey in front, referring to the thirty articles of the declaration of human rights. A reference made more explicit to the following match against North Macedonia, where the 11 players held a banner “Wir for 30” (“us for the 30”).

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The approach of the departure to Qatar came to rekindle German scruples in the summer of 2022. The former iconic player of Bayern Munich and president of the organizing committee of Euro 2024, Philipp Lahm, announced in August that he would not go to Qatar, before splitting from a platform in the newspaper “Die Zeit”, a week before the opening match. Philipp Lahm criticizes the organization of the World Cup in Qatar, a ” mistake “due to “a problematic FIFA process”.

Dispute over the “One Love” armband

The day before, at the microphone of ZDF, the captain of the German team Manuel Neuer condemned the homophobic remarks made by a Qatari ambassador of the competition in the documentary “Geheimsache Katar” broadcast on ZDF. The German goalkeeper spoke of the team’s concern to stay true to its values ​​and its willingness to wear the armband ” One Love “.

“We will see how far we can go [dans la protestation]… »said Manuel Neuer, who already sported a rainbow armband at the World Cup in Russia.

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After threats of sanctions from FIFA for wearing the One Love armband, the German football federation has announced that it is considering filing a complaint before the international sports court, could we read Tuesday, November 22 in the newspaper “Bild”. “FIFA forbade us to make a gesture in favor of diversity and human rights”denounced at a press conference the communication director of the German federation, Steffen Simon.

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All autumn, Bundesliga fans called for their national team to boycott the World Cup, unfurling banners “Boycott Qatar” in German club stadiums.

For their departure to Qatar, the Mannschaft had offered a last snub to the Qatari government by making the trip in a plane “in the colors of diversity”. The players proudly posed at the foot of the device, branded with the word “Diversity Wins”and characters symbolizing the solidarity between different nations.


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