Forward of their sport in opposition to Japan on the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, gamers from Crew Germany assembled on the pitch and lined their mouths in an act of protest.
The gamers have been upset that soccer governing physique FIFA had earlier stopped captains from a number of European groups from carrying armbands in help of the LGBTQ neighborhood.
“We needed to make use of our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we maintain within the Germany nationwide staff: range and mutual respect. Along with different nations, we needed our voice to be heard,” the staff mentioned in an announcement posted to their official Twitter account.
“It wasn’t about making a political assertion – human rights are non-negotiable. That must be taken without any consideration, however it nonetheless isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so vital to us,” the staff mentioned. “Denying us the armband is identical as denying us a voice. We stand by our place.”