The German players rejected FIFA’s decision to ban the rainbow bracelet at the World Cup in Qatar, which symbolizes support for the LGBT+ community.
A group of Qatari fans took advantage of the match between Germany and Spain last Sunday to lash out at the German players, covering their mouths and displaying posters with the face of German footballer Mesut Ozil.
The fans present in the stands of the Al Bayt stadium organized a protest in retaliation against the German players, for covering their mouths with their hands during the photo before the game they played last Wednesday against Japan, a measure that was intended to show their rejection of the decision of FIFA to ban the rainbow bracelet at the World Cup in Qatar, which symbolizes support for the LGBT+ community.
The protest by Qatar fans was intended to show the alleged double standards of the German team, since Ozil, of Turkish origin, made some controversial statements where he accused the national media of turning him into a scapegoat and suggested that it was object of racism, even by the German Football Federation: “When I win I am German, when I lose I am an immigrant”, he commented.
The former Real Madrid striker left the German team after being quickly eliminated in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and now plays for Istanbul Basaksehir in the Turkish Super League.