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“Human rights are non-negotiable”: Germany explain World Cup team photo protest



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The German FA have explained why their players covered their mouths ahead of their World Cup opener against Japan, saying: “To deny us the armband is to deny us a vote”.

Before the start of Wednesday’s Group E clash, all the German players posed for the team photo with their right hands covering their mouths.

It came in the wake of controversy over FIFA’s decision to threaten sanctions (opens in a new tab) to European teams, including Germany, planning to wear a “One Love” armband in Qatar.

Harry Kane wears One Love against Italy in the Nations League in September. (Image credit: Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

“We wanted to use our captain’s armband to uphold the values ​​we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard,” a message read. on the German national team’s Twitter account.