This is the type of image that Fifa would have done without during this World Cup: the eleven players from Germany who, just before facing Japan, hide their mouths with their hands when putting the team picture. A gesture of protest against the prohibition formulated by Fifa to wear the armband “One Love”, synonymous with the fight against homophobia, in a country, Qatar, where homosexual relations are liable to criminal prosecution.
This striking scene initiated by the players of the ” Mannschaft » is not the only political expression that has burst into the stadiums since the start of the competition. On the side of the official stands, Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib and German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, in charge of Sports, both wore the colored armband during the first match of their respective selections, very close to … Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa.
FIFA in the window of a committed German selection
England, which was one of the nations wishing to promote the “One Love” armband, opted for the knee to the ground, a gesture inherited from the “Black Lives Matter” movement and already accomplished by the “Three Lions” in the past. Their adversaries of the day, the Iranians, had previously distinguished themselves by their silence which spoke volumes at the time of their national anthem, in order to support the protest movement which has crossed the country since the death of Mahsa Amini. Images to discover in our video at the top of this article.