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England not looking to escalate World Cup demonstrations

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By Martin Graham | 26th Nov 2022

Gareth Southgate has denied any demonstrations by the Three Lions in support of their political cause. Germany protested by covering their mouths ahead of the game against Japan but still lost.

The World Cup hosts and football governing body FIFA wants to ensure the tournament hosted in the Middle Eastern country does not become a farce. A few European countries are working hard to take the attention away from football and make it all about politics. They are working overtime to impose their alien culture on the conservative Qatari society.

With FIFA maintaining its stand on non-wearing of armbands to support any political message, England, Denmark and Germany are being obstinate about their desires. They forget there is a FIFA rule that bars teams or players from displaying any message of political or religious nature, with penalties for erring parties.

Of the three countries involved, only England won its opening game. Denmark drew against Tunisia, and Germany lost to Japan. Gareth Southgate claims he is not under any pressure from the political movement of the three countries.

England is not under any pressure by politics

Following the silly shenanigans of the trio of England, Denmark and Germany before they played their first games, the outcome has not entirely gone to script for them. FIFA refused them a platform to pursue their political hypocrisy, eliciting outrage from them. However, they spin it football must continue as Qatar has refused to budge from its stance.

Ahead of their next game, Gareth Southgate has said that his team is not under any pressure to produce a political statement similar to Germany. Southgate continued that the team has spoken about these topics for over a year.

He continued that they have supported different good causes as individuals and as a team.

Southgate insists the team has to be comfortable with what it stands for. He said it does not mean they won’t do anything moving forward. He concluded by saying if they rushed to do something, they could derail from their objectives, and it won’t augur well.

Germany, England and Denmark – bringing politics to football
Three European countries – Germany, England and Denmark brought politics to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The trio wanted to use the tournament to showcase their support for the LGBTQ society. They showed no regard for a foreign culture in their determination to shove their beliefs down their throats.

England, like Germany, wanted to show support for the OneLove campaign by having their captain wear an armband bearing its logo. The flat-out refusal by FIFA irked the countries, as they mulled a withdrawal from the tournament. FIFA threatened them with sporting sanctions and ensured that the three countries backed out.

Germany still managed a demonstration as their players covered their mouths for their team photo. The mouth-covering antic was to symbolise FIFA denying them a voice. The whole act smacks hypocrisy, with FIFA enjoying support for their action.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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