The German press “volleyed” the decision of the seven national teams that the captains in Qatar did not wear the colorful captain’s armband as a sign of protest. It is, it is written, cowardice in the face of the threats of the cynical head of FIFA, Gianni Infantino.
“The One Love action has failed,” writes the weekly Spiegel on its portal about the intention of the captains of seven national football teams, including Germany, to wear colorful captain’s armbands at the World Cup in Qatar, which should symbolize the fight against homophobia, racism and anti-Semitism, he writes. Nurse said.
“Manuel Neuer, Harry Kane and the captains of other European national teams have bowed to the pressure of Fifa,” writes Spiegel. “The reason is – the threat of a yellow card.”
While criticism is pouring in on FIFA, it responds with Article 13.8.1. regulations on sports equipment, where it is stated that captains are obliged to wear an “official” armband provided by Fifa. That “official” strip was presented only on Friday, two days before the start of the World Cup, and messages like “Soccer unites the world”, “Save the planet” and “Education for all” will be written on it.
Critics believe that this was done only to undermine the idea of the “One Love” tape. It has the red, black and green colors from the pan-African flag, and the pink, yellow and blue from the pan-sexual flag.
“We experienced an unprecedented procedure in the history of the World Championships. We will not lead this confrontation caused by Fifa over Manuel Neuer’s back,” said the president of the German Football Association, Bernd Neuendorf.
As reported by the portal Sportschau of the public service ARD, the German federation was ready to pay a fine for the tape, if necessary. “But we can’t put our players in a situation where they get a yellow card or even have to leave the field,” added Neuendorf.
England, Wales, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark, whose captains also gave up the “One Love” band, which they intended to protest against the conditions in Qatar, explained similarly.
“Weak will to resist”
The German press mainly criticizes everything in turn – Qatar and FIFA, but also the football associations of European countries because they complied. “The cowardice of football”, is the title of the comment on the portal of the weekly Cite, where it is written that the captain’s armband was anyway a “rotten compromise” and “the smallest possible sign of solidarity with LGBTQI”.
The Cologne newspaper Staat anzeiger regrets that the European federations did not show themselves to be more defiant: “It was necessary and desirable that there should be a scandal in which nations like Germany, Great Britain and France would hold up a mirror to Fifa. But they don’t do that, they let Fifa drive them.”
“With this act of humility, the self-proclaimed good nation fully confirms the words of the cynical president of FIFA, Infantino, who transferred double moral standards to the West. Because that’s exactly what was proven here. It is also cowardice,” the paper adds.
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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