Ilkay Gundogan says that, as somebody who comes from a Muslim household, the group is “proud” that Qatar is internet hosting the World Cup and that “now the politics is finished”.
The German squad have made one of the most high-profile protests in opposition to Fifa and the Qatari state at this World Cup, having put their arms over their mouths for the workforce photograph earlier than the 2-1 defeat to Japan. That got here after Fifa had warned of “unlimited liability” ought to they put on the OneLove armbands.
“We had a few players who were mad with Fifa because there were things planned with the team, a few players were frustrated and wanted to show something,” Gundogan stated in the blended zone after the 1-1 draw with Spain. “We had the discussion in the team, and it was decided that we will do this gesture against Fifa. If you do it, do it as a team.”
From Gundogan’s level of view, the assertion has now been made, and it is time for Germany to focus on making an attempt to get by means of the group and win the World Cup. He additionally spoke of his pleasure on coming from a Muslim household, and seeing a predominantly Muslim nation host the match.
“My point of view is now the politics are finished. Qatar is very proud, very proud to host it, also first muslim country, I come from a muslim family, the muslim community is proud, now it is about enjoying and celebrating football.”