Forward of their recreation in opposition to Japan on the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, gamers from Staff Germany assembled on the pitch and coated their mouths in an act of protest.
The gamers had been upset that soccer governing physique FIFA had earlier stopped captains from a number of European groups from sporting armbands in assist 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 workforce: variety and mutual respect. Along with different nations, we needed our voice to be heard,” the workforce stated in a press release posted to their official Twitter account.
“It wasn’t about making a political assertion – human rights are non-negotiable. That needs to be taken as a right, nevertheless it nonetheless isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so necessary to us,” the workforce stated. “Denying us the armband is identical as denying us a voice. We stand by our place.”