Before the match against Japan at the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, the players of the German team gathered on the pitch and covered their mouths in protest.
The players were upset that FIFA had previously banned the captains of several European teams from wearing armbands in support of the LGBTQ community.
“We wanted to use the captain’s armband to express the values we hold in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect. We wanted our voice to be heard along with other nationalities,” the team said in a statement. their official Twitter account.
“It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. It should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t. That’s why this message is so important to us,” the team said. “To deny us an armband is the same as denying us our vote. We stand on our position.”