Neuer pledges to wear ‘One Love’ armband at World Cup
German captain Manuel Neuer acknowledged the continued uncertainty surrounding the Qatar World Cup but claimed he had “no worry” about any Fifa ramifications for his nation’s human rights policies.
Neuer promised to wear the divisive “One Love” rainbow armband during games to encourage diversity and inclusiveness during a press conference on Saturday at the team’s training facility in Al-Shamal, in northern Qatar.
The entire tournament is an experiment, Neuer declared. “First off, I want to say that we haven’t all experienced something like this,” Neuer said.
But we have the (German Football Associationfull )’s support, so we are unafraid.
Since former Qatari player and current World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman stated that he did not want children to see gay people at the World Cup and labeled homosexuality “damage in the psyche,” the “One Love” armband has been a contentious issue in the run-up to the competition.
The armband will be worn by the captains of various European nations, notably those of Germany, England, Belgium, and Denmark.
Neuer emphasized that more nations wearing it would increase the “power the armband has.”
“It’s excellent that we’re doing it collectively. Other European countries are wearing the armband.”
Oliver Bierhoff, a team official, claimed on Saturday that Fifa “does not have a clear stance” in light of the conflicting signals sent in the run-up to the competition.
The former Germany striker stated, “We assume we can continue to wear the armband.”
Bernd Neuendorf, the president of the DFB, stated in a statement on Friday that should fines be imposed for wearing the armband, he was “personally willing to pay a fine.”
On November 23, Germany will face Japan in their opening World Cup group match.