“In this game too, the Germans win in the end. Not with the ball, but with showing balls”

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has launched the largest human rights campaign ever. If he hadn’t reacted so tyrannically to the plan of the Red Devils, among others, to wear a rainbow bracelet, this would have been just a sympathetic action. The captains of poor seven countries with such a band, that had not changed the world. But the rant, the announced yellow cards and even the threats of banning Infantino have elevated the grass into an arena for human rights. Whether Infantino likes it or not, football is also political. Football players are allowed to have opinions, make statements and address injustice. Especially when they are on a field in a country where all that is not self-evident. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib (MR) has also raised all kinds of human rights in Qatar with her political counterpart. From women, from workers, from the LGBTQ+ community. But those conversations hardly touched anyone. Let’s just acknowledge that sports people can sometimes move more than a minister. And then let’s make grateful use of it.

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