ZTwo months before the German national team's first World Cup game against Japan, the debate about the appropriate attitude towards tournament host Qatar continues. The focus of criticism is currently the captain's armband, intended as a symbol for the DFB team and other major football nations such as England, France or the Netherlands, with a color scheme resembling the rainbow flag. pros like Manuel NeuerEngland's center forward Harry Kane or France's world champion goalkeeper Hugo Lloris want to wear them in Qatar as a clearly visible sign on the upper arm.
"To me, this idea seems like a poor attempt to step on nobody's toes - neither the Pride movement nor the organizers of the World Cup. But human rights are non-negotiable,” said FDP Secretary General Bijan Djir Sarai the German Press Agency on Friday. "If you want to stand up credibly against discrimination and for human rights and diversity, then you should also have the necessary backbone," warned Djir-Sarai.
"That seems weak. It's not even the Pride flag, it has other colors on it. If it's the only thing about attitude from DFB comes, it would be embarrassing to catastrophic. I expect from the DFB and I also think that there will be more," said the representative of the fan organization "Our Curve", Dario Minden, the "Tagesspiegel".
The legal situation for members of the “LGBTIQ* community” in Qatar is currently the focus of criticism - even more than the critical situation for guest workers. Representatives of the “LGBTIQ* community” have so far advised against traveling to Qatar. The English abbreviation stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people, intersex and queer people. The asterisk is a placeholder for additional identities and genders.
The national players will play in the current international matches in the Nations League against Hungary (8.45 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Nations League and on ZDF) and on Monday in England (8.45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Nations League and at RTL) confronted with the subject almost every day. Not an easy situation to solve, like Hansi Flick stated. "It's easy to always criticize when you're sitting somewhere and not making the decision," said the national coach before the Hungary game in Leipzig.
"The point now is that it's not just the colors of the rainbow, but all of them. It means everyone, every single person who is sitting here, who is in the world. That's what it's about, that we're the same," argued Flick. So all the fuss just a color misunderstanding? According to the DFB, the bandage should not represent a rainbow at all. Rather, the message of the 'One Love Bracelet' should be directed against any form of discrimination.
“Red, black and green are found in the Pan-African flag, pink, yellow and blue symbolize the Pansexual flag. The nations involved in the 'One Love Bracelet' campaign want to send a positive message for all forms of diversity DFB. The Dutch have been using the logo for a long time and made the proposal to their European colleagues to share it. DFB captain Neuer played with a rainbow armband at the 2021 European Championship.
The national players were made aware of the Qatar problem by the DFB in several workshops. "It won't be the only action we're seeing. We try to do our part. Simply looking the other way would be worse,” said Jonas Hofmann from Gladbach at the presentation of the captain's armband with the 'One Love' imprint. The 30-year-old professional reacted calmly to the criticism of the color nuances. “A few colors of the rainbow were in it. Everyone knows what is meant,” said Hofmann.
At the beginning of the week at the association congress on the human rights situation in Qatar, DFB director Oliver Bierhoff made clear the conflict for football professionals between sport and social expectations. “We have to be careful to find this balancing act between responsibility and the awareness that we as humans have. On the other hand, we come across as the German national soccer team. We represent our country, we want to play football successfully," said the 54-year-old.
National player Nico Schlotterbeck doesn't see the footballers as the first thing to do. "In my opinion, we players can't influence much anyway, it's primarily a matter for the officials and politics. We athletes did not award the tournament to Qatar," said the 22-year-old to the editorial network Germany. The task of the players is to have maximum success at the World Cup. Football must be there for everyone and be open to everyone. "He stands for diversity," said the Borussia Dortmund defender.