- Germany’s players have kept their mouths shut in support of diversity and tolerance.
- German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wore the ‘One Love’ bracelet as she chatted with the FIFA president.
The shock result was a repeat of their World Cup 2018 nightmare when they lost their opening game to defending champions Mexico and after another defeat to South Korea saw them exit the group stage.
Japan celebrates after Takuma Asano’s goal during the World Cup Group E soccer match between Germany and Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Source: AAP / AP
“It’s very disappointing and disappointing,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer said.
“We made the opposition strong. The final push made the difference. The Japanese believed they could win, while we thought we could keep the lead.”
“Time to Dance”
Japan’s Maya Yoshida said: “That’s the beauty of football, sometimes it happens! Now the spotlight is on us, it’s time to dance.”
All Germany players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch before kick-off after FIFA threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore the diversity and tolerance armband.
“It’s not right, how is the federation being put under pressure,” Ms Faeser said during a visit to a German FA event in Doha ahead of the match.
A statement from the German Football Association (DFB) said: “We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for the values we have in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect.” Along with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard.
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.