Germany protest in the match with Japan, the players close their mouths as a sign of revolt against FIFA
Germany started the 2022 World Cup in the match against Japan with a protest. German players posed in a pre-match photo with their hands over their mouths in an apparent protest against freedom of speech. It comes after a number of European football associations were threatened with FIFA sanctions if they wore the 'OneLove' (LGBT) banner during the World Cup.
"With our captain's armband, we wanted to set an example for the values ??we live in the national team, diversity and mutual respect.
"Be loud together with other nations. This is not about a political message, human rights are non-negotiable. This should be self-explanatory. But unfortunately it is not yet. That is why this message is so important to us.
Stopping us from the bandage is like stopping our mouth. Our position stands, the German Football Association later tweeted.