Wednesday, September 28, 2022

German federation will not act on anti-Qatar banners

MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany ( Associated Press) – The German football federation will take no action against individuals who raised banners calling for a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar during the national team’s Nations League match against Italy.

The DFB (short in German for Union) took refuge in a police statement issued on Wednesday that indicates what was done by the protesters is protected by freedom of expression and that “no relevant crime was committed.”

Shortly after the match began on Tuesday, groups of protesters raised a giant banner that said: “15,000 dead for big stadiums – FIFA and company have no conscience! Boycott Qatar.”

Mönchengladbach police said in their statement that the group proceeded to leave the stadium, raising suspicions that they were currently unlawful and planning other acts.

Police said that after being alerted by security staff at the stadium, police stopped the protesters outside and asked them to show their personal identity in case the federation filed a complaint.

“After that, everyone was released,” said the police. “After further consultation, the DFB informed the Mönchengladbach police that the DFB would not take any action and that personal information would not be published. The Mönchengladbach police also took no action.

Germany won the match 5-2.

Banners against the World Cup in Qatar – a nation criticized for its human rights record – have been a regular occurrence in German football.

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