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Germany to avoid disciplinary action over covered mouths protest at World Cup

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Germany’s players took the OneLove armband protest to a new level as their players covered their mouths during a team photo at the World Cup, but will not face any disciplinary action from FIFA, the PA news agency understands.The move marked another day of tension between the seven European nations who supported the OneLove campaign and FIFA, with the Football Association exploring its legal options over the matter alongside Danish and German counterparts.The FA declined to comment on whether the England team would copy the German gesture ahead of their match against the United States on Friday.Speaking about the ‘covered mouths’ gesture after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Japan, Germany coach Hansi Flick said: “It was a sign, a message that we wanted to send out.

We wanted to convey the message that FIFA is silencing us.”Flick was referring to the fact that those nations wanting to wear the OneLove armband were threatened by FIFA with sporting sanctions – starting with the issuing of yellow cards to their captains – if the rainbow-coloured armbands were worn.The OneLove campaign started in September and runs for a year but was set to be especially significant during the World Cup in Qatar, a country where same-sex relationships are criminalised.The PA news agency understands lawyers for the group are looking at the regulations to examine the sanctions the associations were threatened with.

Danish FA chief executive Jakob Jensen confirmed legal options were being explored, but said the group could not immediately go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The German gesture could have prompted disciplinary action from FIFA under Article 11 of its disciplinary code.

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