2022-11-24 14:57:04

Louis van Gaal says Dutch will not copy Germany protests at World Cup

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The Guardian
By Jamie Jackson

Louis van Gaal has questioned Germanys defiant stance against Fifa by stating the Netherlands will not take the risk of doing the same because they are at Qatar 2022 to be world champions.

Before Germanys 2-1 loss to Japan on Wednesday the team lined up for a photograph with their hands over their mouths to signal they would not be silenced, and six players, including the captain, Manuel Neuer, wore boots with rainbow colours on the front. This followed Fifa instructing seven European nations, including Germany, that their captains should not wear the OneLove armband, which stands for tolerance, diversity and LGBTQ+ rights.

After the shock defeat Germany faced criticism that their protest had caused a lack of focus. Van Gaal was asked about this. That is the question, he said. I dont want to run that risk were here to be a world champion We put a full stop behind all the political issues [last] Thursday when we invited the migrants and we have this purpose. We are not going to have that tarnished by the actions of Fifa or whichever other organisation.

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