Forward of their recreation towards Japan on the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, gamers from Crew Germany assembled on the pitch and lined their mouths in an act of protest.
The gamers have been upset that soccer governing physique FIFA had earlier stopped captains from a number of European groups from sporting armbands in assist of the LGBTQ group.
“We needed to make use of our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we maintain within the Germany nationwide crew: range and mutual respect. Along with different nations, we needed our voice to be heard,” the crew mentioned in a press release posted to their official Twitter account.
“It wasn’t about making a political assertion – human rights are non-negotiable. That needs to be taken with no consideration, but it surely nonetheless isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so vital to us,” the crew mentioned. “Denying us the armband is similar as denying us a voice. We stand by our place.”