Manuel Neuer says ‘FIFA will never silence us’ after Germany’s World Cup photo protest


Manuel Neuer has insisted “FIFA will never silence us” after Germany gamers coated their mouths through the workforce {photograph} earlier than their World Cup opener in opposition to Japan.

Neuer and the six different members of the nationwide workforce’s gamers council got here up with the concept of the squad’s workforce photo protest in a gathering on Tuesday night time.

“We talked about it and all agreed that we really wanted to do something,” the 36-year-old stated. 

A choice was taken that the beginning XI would cowl their mouths through the workforce photo, straight after singing the nationwide anthem. 

“We said they can take our armband, but as much as FIFA might want to, they will never silence us. We stand for our values and for human rights. We wanted to show that,” the Bayern Munich goalkeeper added.

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Thomas Muller denied strategies that controversy had impacted Germany’s efficiency in opposition to Japan. “We wanted to take the energy [from the protest] into the game with us and I feel we started well, irrespective of all the emotions [invoked by the protest],” the 2014 World Cup winner stated. 

Germany supervisor Hansi Flick, too, insisted that his facet have been “not looking for excuses – that would be too easy”. Japan have been “a strong team with good tactics, and well-coached technical players”, the 57-year-old stated, “which is why they’re so efficient.

“I would love to see that from my team. But we were not efficient and made too many mistakes.”

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Neuer, nevertheless, admitted that he’d been affected by FIFA’s hardline stance — described as “extreme blackmail” by German FA Media director Steffen Simon — within the run-up to the 2-1 defeat at Khalifa International Stadium. 

“The fact that it was such a short-term decision was a negative surprise for us,” the 36-year-old stated. “It didn’t just impact on us but all the other nations that wanted to take part [in wearing the “One Love” armband]. The timing was truly horrible for me. We didn’t know what sanctions there is likely to be. 

“Personally, I didn’t want to weaken the team in terms of bans or points deduction or yellow cards. That’s why when the first couple of nations started wearing the official FIFA armband, it was obvious that we would stand with them.”

Joshua Kimmich hinted that Germany will proceed to make a political stand at this match. 

“We won’t let them take our voice away. If we feel we have to say something, we will continue to do so and point to certain things. Hopefully we will win the game on Sunday [against Spain] as well.”

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