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World Cup: Qatari channel mocks Germany by capturing their protest sign

Early liquidation and mockery. Eliminated from the World Cup on Thursday night despite beating Costa Rica (4-2) after a crazy night out, Germany exits the World Cup ahead of the eighth time in a row after the first fiasco in Russia four years ago. A setback for Mannschaft two years before the euro at home, very involved in Qatar’s political protest during this contest.

An obligation ridiculed by the Qatari TV channel Al-Kass after Hansi Flick’s men got off the road. Various people present on the board picked up on the German players’ hand-on-lips gesture to call for censorship before they entered the fight against Japan, matching it with the other hand signs to say goodbye. All with undisguised pleasure.

Against the Japanese, the Germans protested during the traditional pre-match photo to denounce FIFA’s ban on allowing their captain Manuel Neuer to wear the One Love armband. The latest, which seven European players intended to wear during the World Cup, was launched to denounce all forms of discrimination, including against LGBT people. A perceived commitment against criticism of Qatar where homosexuality is illegal.

“This is not a political message: human rights are non-negotiable,” the German federation explained. In a counterattack, Qatari fans held up photos of former German playmaker Mesut Ozil covering his mouth in the second game against Spain. The latter, reaffirming his support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, slammed the door on the 2018 selection process, denouncing “racism and disrespect” for his federation.

Source: Le Parisien

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