The 2022 World Cup has already featured considerably controversy around Qatar's poor human rights record and laws and stance against LGBTQ+ rights. FIFA scuttled plans for European teams to wear a OneLove armband in protest of Qatar's record on LGBTQ+ rights, but it has led to further protest.
On Wednesday, the German team took their official photo ahead of their opening match against Japan. Each member of the team placed their hand over their mouth to indicate they were being silenced by FIFA.
Incredible: German National Team cover their mouths in Protest, to make it clear to the World they were silenced by FIFA who prevented them from wearing OneLove Armband at World Cup. Footballers using their platform for the Force of Good pic.twitter.com/c4S5OO080Q
– roger bennett (@rogbennett) November 23, 2022