2022-11-24 17:36:11

Gareth Southgate: England wont be rushed into matching Germany protest

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The Independent
By Jamie Gardner

Gareth Southgate has not ruled out his England team making a gesture to highlight human rights concerns at the Qatar World Cup but says they will not be pressured into doing so.

The German team covered their mouths for the team photo before their opening World Cup match against Japan on Wednesday, while the Australia squad released a video highlighting issues in the host country.

Seven European nations competing at the World Cup including Germany, England and Wales planned to wear OneLove anti-discrimination armbands during the tournament, but were dissuaded from doing so following the threat of sporting sanctions from FIFA.

Southgate, whose team face the United States in their second match on Friday, said: I dont think we should feel any pressure I think weve spoken on these particular topics for over a year and weve supported all manner of good causes either as individuals or the collective.

I think theres a risk that everybody tries to escalate if we tried to do a better video than Australia did, that would be impossible; whether we try to come up with a better gesture than Germany.

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