Soccer pundits from Qatar’s Alkass Sports channel mocked the German soccer team after their exit from the World Cup, imitating the players’ protest for human rights.
A video on the channel’s Twitter page posted Thursday shows former Kuwaiti soccer player Jamal Mubarak covering his mouth with his left hand and waving goodbye with his right, then calling on former Egyptian goalkeeper and fellow analyst Essam El-Hadary to join the team. the.
Soon after, El-Hadary and other pundits cover their mouths and say goodbye, apparently to celebrate Germany’s departure.
The gesture mimics what German players did to protest FIFA’s decision to ban the “OneLove” armband that many European captains had hoped to wear in Qatar in support of LGBTQ rights.
Before Germany’s first game on November 23, the team’s starting lineup posed with their right hands in front of their mouths, a gesture to oppose what they saw as a crackdown on free speech.
Germany lost that game to Japan in an upset upset. A subsequent victory against Costa Rica on Thursday was not enough to see Germany through the group stage and through to the round of 16.
“Thank God, today all Arab and Muslim nations (are) praying for Japan to qualify with any team, but the most important thing is Germany’s exit,” Mubarak said on the Alkass Sports channel.
The segment was broadcast on the channel’s al-Majlis program hosted by Qatari presenter Khalid Jassem and featured Arab football analysts including Mubarak, El-Hadary and former Iraqi player Younis Mahmoud.
Following Germany’s 1:1 draw against Spain last Sunday, Jassem said on an episode of al-Majlis that he was “shocked” by Germany’s protest.
“You [Germany] we are supposed to respect our customs, traditions, culture and religion in the same way that we respect their customs, traditions and culture,” Jassem said. “When we go to Germany or other places, we respect the rules and laws, and we respect everything that is dear to the society there.”
In a series of tweets last week, the German Football Federation supported the protest, saying: “This was not about making a political statement: human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it’s still not the case. That is why this message is so important to us. Denying us the bracelet is the same as denying us a voice.”
Before the tournament, the captains of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark had planned to wear the armbands, which feature a striped heart in different colors to represent all heritages, origins, genders and sexual identities, before that FIFA warned. players could receive a yellow card if they did.
In the build-up to the World Cup, host nation Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison, has come under fire for its stance on LGBTQ rights.
However, the country has insisted that “everyone is welcome” at the tournament, adding in a statement to CNN this month that “our track record has shown that we have given a warm welcome to all people, regardless of background.”
However, FIFA’s decision to penalize players for wearing the “OneLove” armband has generated anger, with the Football Fans’ Association, the representative body for football fans in England and Wales, saying that ” He feels betrayed.”
“Since 2010 we have been raising doubts about Qatar’s suitability as a host for the World Cup,” an FSA statement said.