German sponsor withdraws after no One Love armband

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The German grocery chain Rewe withdraws as sponsor of the German national football team. It happens after the Germans chose to drop the One Love captain’s armband on Monday. This is written by the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

Lionel Souque, the chief executive of Rewe, criticizes FIFA, which helped pressure the Germans to ditch the One Love captain’s armband.

“FIFA’s scandalous attitude is absolutely unacceptable to me as CEO of a diverse company and as a football fan,” Lionel Souque told Der Spiegel.

FIFA threatened Germany with sporting sanctions, and it could, for example, be a yellow card for captain Manuel Neuer for wearing the bandage.

Der Spiegel also writes that the company Rewe was on its way out of its sponsorship regardless, but is now withdrawing with immediate effect.

The German Football Association (DFB) announced on Monday together with six other nations – including Denmark – that they would not use the One Love captain’s armband after all.

“We do not want to expose our captain to such a risk,” says Bernd Neuendorf, a spokesman for the association.

Germany opens its World Cup with Wednesday’s game against Japan.


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