Germany players covered their mouths in a World Cup 2022 statement before their match with Japan.Die Mannschaft lined up for the photo opportunity on the pitch before the Group E match at the Khalifa International Stadium, collectively covering their mouths.Some have interpreted it as a response in the row over being censored by Fifa over support for the ‘One Love’ initiative.A statement from the German FA read: “We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect.
Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard.“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.”Germany’s soccer team players cover their mouth during the World Cup group E soccer match against JapanThe German players also wore rainbow sleeves on their training tops during the warm-up.German Federal Minister of the Interior and Community Nancy Faeser could be seen in the stands wearing the One Love armband before kick-off.It is the latest development in the row with the world governing body over the symbol in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck also declared his intent to wear the multi-coloured ‘OneLove’ armband at Qatar 2022.Read more on independent.co.uk