The Germans had staged a ‘covered mouth’ protest earlier at the World Cup
Images of Mesut Ozil were held up in the stands in Qatar. © Mohammed Dabbous / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Football fans in Qatar took a swipe at Germany during their match against Spain on Sunday night, being seen covering their mouths and waving posters of World Cup winner Mesut Ozil.
Protesting a decision by FIFA not to allow captain Manuel Neuer to wear a ‘One Love’ armband, German players had covered their mouths for their team photo ahead of their opening match against Japan earlier at the tournament.
Some fans in the stands at Al Bayt staged a retaliatory protest on Sunday, with some seen walking around covering their mouths and waving images of former Germany star Ozil.
Ozil retired from international football following Germany’s early exit from the Russia 2018 World Cup, accusing the national media of making him a scapegoat and suggesting he was subjected to racism due to his Turkish roots – including from the German football federation (DFB).
Fans in Qatar made their message clear, in what were widely seen as accusations of hypocrisy directed towards German football figures regarding their protests and supposedly contradictory treatment of Ozil.