Germany players cover mouths at World Cup in FIFA protest 

By Ramya


DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Germany's players covered their mouths for the team photo before their opening World Cup match on Wednesday to protest against FIFA following the governing body's clampdown on the “One Love” armband

What was Germany protesting at the World Cup?

Germany players cover mouths in protest against FIFA clampdown on free speech in 'OneLove' armband row. Germany players pose with their hands covering their mouths as they line up for the team's photo prior to the World Cup game against Japan. 

Why was Germany covering their mouth?

Germany's football players covered their mouths during the team photo before their World Cup opener against Japan on Wednesday in protest against FIFA's ban of pro-LGBTQ+ armbands. Germany was one of seven nations banned by FIFA from wearing the “One Love” armbands as a symbol of inclusion and diversity. 

Why did Germany cover their face?

Overview. The FIFA World Cup is a professional association football tournament held between national football teams. Organised by FIFA, the tournament, held every four years, was first played in 1930 in Uruguay, and has been contested by 32 teams since the 1998 event. 

How many teams are in FIFA World Cup?

Germany, though, broke the Arabic Pledge in March of 1916, when a U-boat torpedoed the French ship Sussex. Although no Americans were among the fifty people who died aboard the Sussex, President Wilson was furious that Germany had broken the Arabic Pledge 

What promise did Germany break?

They had signed an Armistice – a ceasefire – in 1918, and they had thought they were accepting Wilson's 14 Points. In the event, few of the 14 Points got into the Treaty. The Germans thought they had been tricked and betrayed, and they hated the Treaty. 

Why did Germany not like the 14 points?

European champion Italy will not play in the 2022 World Cup after being beaten by North Macedonia in its play-off in Palermo. Italy has now failed to qualify for a second consecutive World Cup. 

Why is Italy not in the World Cup?