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Germany's World Cup silence adds to vocal sporting protests

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Germany's World Cup team made a statement by covering their mouths when they lined up for a team photo before losing to Japan in the World Cup on Wednesday.

The players were indicating they had been gagged because FIFA threatened disciplinary action if they and other European teams wore "OneLove" rainbow armbands in Qatar.

They are not the first athletes to use the big stage to make a political point. Raising a fist The first global political blow of the television era was struck in Mexico City on 17 October 1968.

As black American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the podium wearing their gold and bronze 200m medals, each raised a gloved fist in a Black Power salute.

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