ZDF commentator Claudia Neumann set an example in the debate about the banned “One Love” bandage at the World Cup in Qatar. The 58-year-old sat with the party between United States and Wales on Monday evening at ar-Rayyan’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium wearing a black t-shirt with a rainbow heart printed on it in the press box. She also wore a colorful bandage on her arm, also in the colors that stand for diversity and tolerance.
“Welcome to the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium for game three on day two of the tournament. It could have been a legendary, proud World Cup day, but let’s all spend it discussing the expressions of solidarity that we saw at one point. Namely today with the Iran team‘ said Neumann at the microphone.
During the game, she told the Sport Information Service: “I want to set an example for diversity and tolerance”.
Previously had the FIFA the “One Love” armband was banned and threatened with penalties for violations – the national associations around the German Football Association (DFB) then announced that they would not wear the armband.
Not only Neumann reacted to the ban with a clear signal. Other media representatives also joined. US journalist Grant Wahl reported on Twitter that he was initially denied entry because he was wearing a rainbow shirt – but after 25 minutes of waiting, he was allowed into the arena with an apology. BBC pundit Alex Scott had on the sidelines of the group game between England and Iran wore the “One Love” captain’s armband on the sidelines.
The World Cup captains Harry Kane and Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, have shown no understanding for the ban on the One Love armband at the finals in Qatar. “This is totally ridiculous to threaten a fine because of a bracelet. I don’t understand that,” said Dutch defense chief van Dijk after the game 2-0 opening win for Oranje against Senegal.
van Dijk Like England captain Kane before him, he had dispensed with the “One Love” armband and instead wore the bracelet with the slogan “No Discrimination” provided by the world governing body FIFA.
Van Dijk cited the “sporting sanctions” imposed by FIFA as the reason for the waiver. The Dutch association KNVB announced on Monday that the world association had threatened consequences. bond coach Louis van Gaal spoke specifically of a yellow card after the opening win.
Kane was served too. “The decision was taken out of my hands. I’m disappointed,” said the striker after the 6-2 win over Iran. “I am sure that the FA association and FIFA will continue to discuss this topic.” The players would have focused on the World Cup opening game.
The world association justified the ban on pads with the World Cup regulations recognized by all participants. In a statement, FIFA explicitly emphasized Article 13.8.1 of the Equipment Rules: “For FIFA finals, the captain of each team must wear an armband provided by FIFA.” of all known rules.
England manager Gareth Southgate admitted the fuss surrounding the iconic piece of fabric with a multicolored heart and the words ‘One Love’ was far from ideal in preparation for the opening game against Iran. “We had to focus on football. We couldn’t be involved, especially the players. It’s not their job to sort it out,” Southgate said. “People know what we stand for. We kneel because we believe we can make a difference.”
Ireland’s footballing icon Roy Keane, meanwhile, has criticized the captains of the teams who, under pressure from world governing body FIFA, have dropped their “One Love” armband. That was “a big mistake,” said Keane, an expert on TV broadcaster ITV Football. “I think the players should have done it in the first game and taken the punishment – whatever that was.”
Even if Kane had received a yellow card for that, “that would have been a great statement,” Keane said. “Regardless of the pressure from outside and from the associations: If that’s what you believe in, then do it.”