Threatening European players with yellow cards in an elaborate attempt to stop them from displaying support for the LGBTQ community during the World Cup is spectacularly backfiring.
Manuel Neuer and his teammates wore sneakers with rainbow stripes painted on them as part of Germany's mocking of FIFA's rule in its official team photo taken prior to their match on Wednesday.
Nancy Faeser, the interior minister of Germany, made fun of Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, by donning the "OneLove" armband when they were in a suite at Al Khalifa Stadium.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former Danish prime minister, sat next to Infantino the day before wearing a dress with rainbow-colored sleeves.
The goal wasn't to make a political statement because human rights are unalienable. Even while that ought to be common knowledge, it still isn't.
The German team released a statement alongside a team photo in which all of the players had their lips covered with their hands. "That's why this message is so essential to us," the statement read.