German players were forbidden from wearing anti-discrimination armbands at the World Cup Germany players cover their mouths as they pose for a team photo ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Germany and Japan © Getty Images / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

German footballers signaled their opposition to FIFA’s ban on players wearing anti-discrimination armbands in Qatar by covering their mouths in their official team photo prior to their FIFA World Cup Group E fixture with Japan.

Germany was among several European teams which intended to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband to highlight instances of human rights abuses and discrimination before a FIFA directive earlier this week revealed that players could face potential sanctions if they were to wear items not officially authorized by world football’s governing body.

FIFA has stated that its decision was based upon a belief that politics should be kept out of sport and has instituted its own ‘No Discrimination’ campaign to take place in Qatar. (RT)