FIFA Make Final Decision About Germany's World Cup Protest

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FIFA have made a final decision on Germany following the protest they did before their match against Japan at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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While Die Mannschaft were on the receiving end of a historic loss against the Asian giants, it was the German team's actions before the game that grabbed a lot of the headlines.

While taking their team photo prior to kick-off, Germany's starting XI covered their mouths in protest of FIFA's banning of the "One Love" armbands planned to promote diversity and inclusion.

Issues surrounding gay rights have continued to be highlighted in the midst of Qatar hosting the World Cup. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in the Gulf state, and with nations such as England and Wales being banned from wearing the armbands, the Germans found another way to raise awareness on the matter.  

However, according to The Times, football's world governing body will not be punishing the European nation for their actions, despite Qatar asking for people to respect their culture.

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Hansi Flick, head coach of the four-time world champions, revealed the reason for his side's protest after their shock loss to the Japanese.

"The reason for the armband was that the team wanted to make a point," the former Bayern Munich boss said.

"FIFA put a stop to it and threatened punishments if it was on display. For those countries that played yesterday, it was extremely short notice.

"The armband is a symbol for diversity and values which we represent and live by.

"We treat each other with a great deal of respect and esteem, but as far as those values are concerned, there are parties who don't see it that way.

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"Yellow cards wouldn't have been a problem, but the manner in which it was left open and threatened so shortly before the game put the likes of England and the Netherlands in a difficult position."

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