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Klaassen praises German gesture, Dutch may plan one themselves

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DOHA: Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen praised Wednesday’s (Nov 23) protest action by the Germany team, and suggested he and his team mates might also plan something at the World Cup in Qatar to highlight human rights and the "OneLove" campaign.The German starting line-up placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo ahead of their Group E game against Japan on Wednesday as the row over FIFA's threat of sanctions regarding the "OneLove" armband continued.All Germany players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch ahead of kickoff, after world soccer's ruling body FIFA had threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore the armband symbolising diversity and tolerance."I thought it was a nice expression from Germany," Klaassen told a news conference at the Dutch training camp in Qatar hours after the German protest."Of course, we were also thinking about making a statement as a group," he added."It has to be done in a good and catchy way.

Germany has found an original way to express their point of view."A statement from the German Football Association (DFB) said: "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.

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