- Germany’s players covered their mouths in support of diversity and tolerance.
- German Interior Minister Nancy Faezer wore an armband as she chatted with the football administrator.
The shocking result was a repeat of their 2018 World Cup nightmare when, as defending champions, they lost their opening match to Mexico and were doomed to elimination from the group stage after another loss to South Korea.
Japan celebrates Takuma Asano’s goal during the World Cup Group E football match between Germany and Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Source: AARP / AP
“It’s a huge disappointment and disappointment,” said Germany captain Manuel Neuer.
“We have made the opponent strong. The last wish played a decisive role. Japan believed they could win, and we thought we could keep the lead.”
“Time to dance”
Japanese Maya Yoshida said: “This is the beauty of football, sometimes it happens! Now all the attention is on our side, it’s time to dance.”
All German players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch before the start of a match after world football organization FIFA threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore an armband symbolizing diversity and tolerance.
“It’s not normal for federations to come under pressure,” Ms Faezer said while attending a German football association event in Doha before the game.
The German Football Association (DFB) said in a statement: “We wanted to use our captaincy to stand up for the values we share in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other countries, we wanted our voice to be heard
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