2022-11-25 06:12:00

Granit Xhaka on World Cup protests: We're here to play football, not hand out lessons

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The Mirror
By Nathan Ridley

We're here to play football and not hand out lessons to anyone.

That's the message from Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka, who explained why his team will not follow Germany 's lead by protesting at the World Cup. Arsenal midfielder Xhaka was one of the captains set to wear the 'OneLove' armband before FIFA threatened the seven federations planning to make a stance on Qatar's discriminative LGBTQ+ laws with sporting sanctions.

Captains were due to receive a yellow card for wearing the armband, a punishment which none of the seven players were willing to stomach ahead of their opening game of the tournament. Germany, however, were the only team to make any kind of statement.

After it emerged that the German FA (DFB) were exploring legal action against FIFA, their players covered their mouths for a team photo ahead of Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Japan, signalling that they'd been gagged.

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