Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) would wear the "One Love" captain's armband at the World Cup in Qatar in place of DFB captain Manuel Neuer, despite the threatened FIFA sanctions. "I would be interested to see what the referee does if someone comes around with the bandage," said the Economics Minister on the ZDF program "Markus Lanz". "I would take a chance," said Habeck, "it would be a moderate protest." After all, it is a bandage and not an "elaborated" form of protest such as that of the last generation of climate activists.
The "One Love" armband was announced in September as a joint action by several European national teams, including the German selection. The colorful captain's armband should be a symbol of equality, freedom of discrimination and freedom of expression at the World Cup. FIFA then announced on Monday that it would sanction the wearing of the bandage at the World Cup in Qatar - whereupon the DFB declared its waiver. Critics then accused the association and team of giving in to FIFA, which officials denied. World Cup host Qatar has been criticized for disregarding human rights standards, among other things.