Granit Xhaka in a press convention© AFP
Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka stated Wednesday his aspect didn’t have to repeat Germany’s mouth-covering protest towards FIFA’s stance on rainbow-themed armbands. Germany lined up for his or her crew photograph 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 advised reporters forward of his crew’s Group G opener towards Cameroon on Thursday.
“We’re hear to play football and not hand out lessons to anyone.”
The Swiss have been one in every of seven European groups whose captains have been to put on the armband in help of LGBTQ individuals on the match in Qatar, the place homosexuality is prohibited.
Germany’s soccer affiliation (DFB) stated on Tuesday it was inspecting the legality of FIFA’s menace, after among the groups got here underneath fireplace at residence for failing to take a stronger stand towards 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 advised reporters.
Klaassen’s crew tackle Ecuador of their second Group A match on Thursday.
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