Germany gestures as they line up for a team photo before their 2-1 defeat against Germany Japan At their World Cup opener, their coach Hansi Flick said it was a way of showing that “FIFA is bothering us.”
Belgium, Germany and five other European teams OneLove Anti-Discrimination Initiative Earlier this week players were threatened with sanctions for wearing rainbow armbands.
Speaking after his team’s 1-0 win against Canada On Wednesday, however, Hazard said it would have been better if Flick’s team had not made a stand and won their game.
When asked about his thoughts on this, Hazard said, “Yeah, but they lost the match afterwards.” “It would have been better if they had not done that and won.
“We are here to play football. I am not here to deliver any political message, there are people who are in a better position for that.”
“We want to focus on football.”
FIFA threatened team captains with yellow cards if they wore Vanlove armbands, but Hazard admitted that he would have reconsidered his position under different circumstances.
Hazard said, “I’m not comfortable talking about it because I’m here to play football.”
“We were kind of in denial… I didn’t want to start the match with a yellow card, it would have been annoying for the rest of the tournament.
“If I were to do it over again, I’d probably wear it again.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, while it was described as “mind damage” by a tournament ambassador ahead of the start of the finals in the Gulf state this month.
The tournament has proved highly controversial, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino giving a extraordinary opening address In which he criticized the approach of European countries regarding the final.
Before the World Cup, Infantino wrote a letter to the 32 participating nations asking them to “Football Focus” Instead of getting dragged into political debates.