World should not shrink from questions raised in Qatar


The ruling appeared to quash the armband protest, until Germany took to the field in their first match. While the players followed the no-armband edict, when they gathered for the obligatory team photo, they covered their mouths with their hands to suggest they had been gagged by football’s governing body. The image quickly became a global talking point.

Six players also wore boots with rainbow stitching and the entire team wore tops with rainbow colours on their sleeves in the warm-up before the game.

While FIFA could rule on the players wearing armbands, they had no control over public…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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