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Germany also speaks out against Qatar: “We have a wide reach” | NOW

Following in the footsteps of the players from Norway, those from Germany also made a statement on Thursday against the human rights situation in Qatar, the country where the World Cup will be held at the end of 2022. It is the second national team to speak out openly.

Just before the kick-off of the World Cup qualifying match with Iceland won 3-0, the German players all wore a black shirt with a letter on it. Together they formed the text ‘Human rights‘(human rights).

“We want to make it clear to society that we are not ignoring this. We want to emphasize what norms and values ​​should apply in Qatar,” Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said of the action.

“We made the letters on the shirts ourselves. As players, we have a wide reach and we can use that to make clear what norms and values ​​we stand for. We have now shown that.”

Germany does not have to fear a penalty from FIFA, even if the football association forbids political statements on and around the field. The World Football Association already announced on Thursday that the action of the Norwegian players, who also wore shirts with a message against Qatar, fits within the freedom of expression.

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The discussion about the allocation of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar has flared up considerably. Made last month The Guardian known that 6,500 guest workers have now died, including during the construction of World Cup stadiums.

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