German players cover their mouths in Qatari stadium ahead of World Cup clash with Japan in growing row over OneLove armband
Germany’s players placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo ahead of their game against Japan in a World Cup Group E match on Wednesday in protest.
The action was taken after FIFA threatened sanctions against teams and their captains if they went ahead with their plan to wear the LGBTQ ‘OneLove’ armband.
All German players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch ahead of kickoff.
Meanwhile, watching from the stands, Germany Interior Minister Nancy Fraser wore the banned armband instead. She had disguised it underneath a pink blazer, which she took off as the game began – revealing the…