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Qatari TV Presenters Criticised For Mocking Germany Protest After World Cup Exit

Qatari TV Presenters Criticised For Mocking Germany Protest After World Cup Exit
Nathan Molloy
By Nathan Molloy
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Presenters of Qatari TV appeared to mock Germany after their World Cup exit this week.

The four-time champions crashed out of the group stage on goal difference after their 4-2 win over Costa Rica proved meaningless as Japan beat Spain 2-1.

The host country's state television show appeared to be happy seeing Germany go out, covering their mouths and waving bye as the results were confirmed.

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Mocking Their Protest

The presenters are of course mocking Germany team's protest at their opener. Ahead of the game against Japan, the team criticised FIFA for not allowing them to wear the 'one love' armband in protest of the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar.


They posed for the traditional team photo with their hands covering their mouths.

According to their manager Hansi Flick, the gesture symbolised FIFA's muzzling them.

It was a sign from the team from us, that FIFA is muzzling them

Shortly before the tournament, FIFA announced that any player wearing the OneLove armband will be giving a yellow card.

Unsurprisingly, the actions of the Qatari television presenters have come in for some heavy criticism.


Out By Millimetres

Hansi Flick's side second successive exit at the World Cup group stage was decided by mere millimetres. Ahead of the final round of games, Germany knew they had to beat Costa Rica and for Spain to win against Japan to progress. They did what was required of them and won 4-2 against their opponents after falling 2-1 behind.

However, their fellow European side could not give them a favour. After leading 1-0 at halftime, Spain quickly fell 2-1 behind to Japan within three minutes, For the winner, Japan's Kaoru Mituma just about keeps the ball in to flick it towards Ao Tanaka to head it into the net.

Many people thought that Japan's winner should have been disallowed for the ball going out. However, replays show that it was kept in play.

New Low

This World Cup campaign marks a new low for Germany. It is the first time in their history that they have gone out in the group stage in successive campaigns.

After winning the tournament in 2014, the Germans have only won 2 of their games at the following World Cups and losing 3. Hansi Flick will hope that his team will bounce back and contend for the European Championship in Germany.

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