Germany say Fifa ‘denied us a voice’ after covering mouths in statement at World Cup

The German players also wore rainbow sleeves on their training tops during the warm-up.

German federal minister of the interior and community Nancy Faeser could be seen in the stands wearing the One Love armband before kick-off.

Germany’s football team players cover their mouths before the World Cup group E match against Japan

German vice chancellor Robert Habeck had declared his intent to wear the multi-coloured OneLove armband at Qatar 2022 in the build-up to the Japan match.

Asked by broadcaster ZDF whether players should wear the armband, Habeck replied: “I am not the media adviser of the DFB [German football association] and I am not Manuel Neuer, but the opportunity is there.

“I’m a politician trying to do my job properly, but what would happen if it happened now? I would like to know and I would take my chances,” he added.

German politician Nancy Faeser wears the One Love armband

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Fifa has attempted to crack down on players wearing the armbands in support of diversity at this year’s World Cup.

In response, Rewe, one of Germany’s biggest supermarket chains, scrapped its advertising campaign with the DFB.

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