Five conversation topics from day four of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Day four of the World Cup in Qatar saw yet another astonishing upset, more protests and the re-emergence of a footballing powerhouse.

Overnight results:

  • Germany 1 – 2 Japan
  • Morocco 0 – 0 Croatia
  • Spain 7 – 0 Costa Rica
  • Belgium 1 – 0 Canada.

Here are five talking points.

The dissatisfaction persists

Players pose together with one hand in front of their mouths,
Germany’s pose in their team photo was a reference to silence after FIFA stopped teams from wearing pro-LGBT armbands.(Reuters: Greetings Annegret)

Dissatisfaction with FIFA continued to simmer under the surface of football on day four.

Germany’s mouth covering at photo opportunity before their game against Japan was arguably the strongest team gesture to date.

It was in response to FIFA’s threats of yellow cards or suspensions for any team captain wearing the OneLove bracelet in protest of discrimination in the host country.

They were strongly supported by their federation, which said: “It was not about making a political statement, but human rights are non-negotiable.”

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