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Before their match against Japan, the German selection had sent a strong message by hiding their mouths for the official photo of the meeting. A gesture welcomed by some, but obviously not by Eden Hazard who does not want to mix politics and sport.
Belgium started this 2022 World Cup with uncertainties in the game. This was confirmed in their first match with a happy 1-0 victory against Canada. After the meeting, Eden Hazard spoke in the mixed zone on the choice of the Belgian selection not to wear the rainbow armband. “A lot of things have been said about the armband. I’m not comfortable talking about this. I didn’t want to start the match with 1-0. I’m not here to send a political message.” said the captain of the Red Devils who referred to FIFA’s threats to give a yellow card to captains wearing this armband of support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Hazard charges the German selection
If Belgium did not wear the armband and did not make an extra-sporting message, this is not the case for the Germans who, before their match against Japan, hid their mouths to protest against FIFA and Qatar. Germany will finally lose the match 2-1 against the Japanese at the end of a match rich in twists and turns. This defeat did not go unnoticed especially for Eden Hazard who made fun of Hansi Flick’s training. “Yes, the Germans made that gesture, they would have done better not to and to win. We’re here to play football, I’m not here to send a political message, people are better placed for that. We want to be focused on football.” explained the 31-year-old who played 60 minutes against Canada before stepping down. The two teams could meet in the round of 16 if Belgium finish first in their group and Germany second.