Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka stated Wednesday his facet didn’t have to repeat Germany’s mouth-covering protest in opposition to FIFA’s stance on rainbow-themed armbands. Germany lined up for his or her staff picture earlier than a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan, making the gesture after they deserted plans for skipper Manuel Neuer to put on the “OneLove” armband following threats of on-field disciplinary motion by FIFA.
“I don’t think we need to do anything as the Swiss team. We need to respect the rules and concentrate on our football, that’s all I intend to do,” captain Xhaka informed reporters forward of his staff’s Group G opener in opposition to Cameroon on Thursday.
“We’re hear to play football and not hand out lessons to anyone.”
The Swiss had been considered one of seven European groups whose captains had been to put on the armband in assist of LGBTQ individuals on the event in Qatar, the place homosexuality is illegitimate.
Germany’s soccer affiliation (DFB) stated on Tuesday it was analyzing the legality of FIFA’s menace, after a few of the groups got here underneath fireplace at dwelling for failing to take a stronger stand in opposition to FIFA’s stance.
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Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen, who nation was one of many seven to again down, later praised the Germans for his or her protest.
“That’s a nice variation on the armband. it was a good way to do it,” he informed reporters.
Klaassen’s staff tackle Ecuador of their second Group A match on Thursday.
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