Forward of their recreation towards Japan on the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, gamers from Workforce Germany assembled on the pitch and coated their mouths in an act of protest.

The gamers had been upset that soccer governing physique FIFA had earlier stopped captains from a number of European groups from carrying armbands in help of the LGBTQ group.

“We needed to make use of our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we maintain within the Germany nationwide group: variety and mutual respect. Along with different nations, we needed our voice to be heard,” the group mentioned in a press release posted to their official Twitter account.

“It wasn’t about making a political assertion – human rights are non-negotiable. That must be taken as a right, but it surely nonetheless isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so essential to us,” the group mentioned. “Denying us the armband is identical as denying us a voice. We stand by our place.”