The Cologne retail giant Rewe is ending its cooperation with the German Football Association with immediate effect because of Fifa's decision on the "One Love" armband. The company wants to clearly distance itself from the attitude of the world association Fifa and the statements made by President Gianni Infantino and will therefore waive its advertising rights from the existing contract with the DFB, especially in the context of the World Cup, said CEO Lionel Souque on Tuesday.
"We stand for diversity - and football is diversity too," said Souque. "Fifa's scandalous stance is totally unacceptable to me as the CEO of a diverse company and as a football fan." The DFB announced on Monday that, contrary to the original plan, captain Manuel Neuer would not wear the "One Love" captain's armband at the World Cup. The DFB and the other European associations involved decided to do this because of threatened Fifa sanctions.
The collector's album currently available from Rewe will be given away free of charge with immediate effect, the company will bear the costs, the retail giant announced. Rewe will donate all of the previous earnings from the album once the promotion ends.
Despite the move, Rewe expressly wishes the German national team and all players every success for the World Cup. "We stand by your side and root for you!" Said Souque.