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Germany players cover mouths in protest for World Cup photo

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Germany's players covered their mouths during the team photo before their World Cup opener against Japan on Wednesday in an apparent protest over FIFA's refusal to allow rainbow-themed armbands.It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable.

That should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so important to us.Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice.

We stand by our position. pic.twitter.com/tiQKuE4XV7Germany's team photo before their match vs. Japan ?? pic.twitter.com/scBY1enYKVCaptains of seven European teams had planned to wear the anti-discrimination armbands as part of a campaign for diversity during the tournament in Qatar but backed down over the threat of disciplinary action from world football's governing body.More to follow...

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