ARD: Neuer and Goretzka were the initiators of the German national team’s protest action at the World Cup
MOSCOW, December 4 – RIA Novosti. According to the news of OE24, which refers to the ARD TV channel, the initiators of the protest action of the German national team at the World Cup in Qatar were the players of Bayern Munich Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka.
German players shut their mouths with a team photo ahead of their group stage match (1-2) against Japan, in response to the International Football Federation’s (FIFA) ban on wearing One Love captain armbands during matches to promote inclusivity.
As noted, the initiative only came from Neuer and Goretzka, most of the team wanted to drop this gesture and focus on football, but eventually the entire team agreed to support the protest.
Previously, it was reported that Neuer, Goretzka, İlkay Gündoğan, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller discussed various gestures with the Japanese on the eve of the match for more than an hour, and some players were uncomfortable with this. process.
The German national team failed to reach the play-offs for the second consecutive World Cup.
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