German players gagged in protest ahead of Qatar opener

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2.40pm : Wir wollten mit unserer Kapitänsbinde ein Zeichen setzen für Werte, die wir in der Nationalmannschaft leben: Vielfalt und gegenseitiger Respekt. Gemeinsam mit anderen Nationen laut sein. Es geht dabei nicht um eine politische Botschaft: Menschenrechte sind nicht verhandelbar. 1/2 https://t.co/v9ngfv0ShW

2:44 pm : Good morning @florian24. In a press release, the German Football Association (DFB) explained the gesture of its players before the kick-off match against Japan: “We wanted to show the values ​​we share as a national team: diversity and mutual respect.” The DFB adds: “Forbid us to wear blindfolds [le brassard “One Love”], forbids us to speak. Our position is clear. This is not a political message: human rights are not negotiable”.

2:38 pm : Hello, does the hand in front of the mouth of German players have a special meaning?

2:27 pm : It’s been 2:00 pm for a few minutes, here are the highlights of the news:

• The European Parliament invites Russia to“state promoter of terrorism”. The resolution was voted on Wednesday with 494 votes in favor, 58 against and 44 abstentions. Follow our live.

• A minute’s silence was observed this afternoon in the Ministry of Economy and in tax centers, in tribute to the tax official killed the day before yesterday.

•For the first time since the start of the Quatennens affair, his wife speaks. Céline Quatennens denounces AFP “physical and moral violence” from “many years”.

• After a draw between Morocco and Croatia, it’s time for the second game of the day: Germany take on Japan.

2:13 pm : In the pre-match photo, the players of the German selection gagged symbolically, placing a hand over their mouth.

(Ina Fassbender /AFP)

2:13 pm : Let’s go for the second meeting of the day. Germany faces Japan. Leroy Sané during the Nations League match between Germany and England on September 26, 2022. (PHIL DUNCAN / PROSPORTSIMAGES via AFP) (PHIL DUNCAN/PROSPORTSIMAGES via AFP)

1:18 pm : It’s time for our best-of, here are the contents not to be missed:

• Discover the all-encompassing ambitions of the scheming Evgueni Prigojine, director of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner. Portrait signed Fabien Magnenou.

• Should we expect a freezing winter due to a cold bubble currently in the Arctic? Our reporter Quang Pham asked the meteorologists the question.

• Paolo Philippe explains why the image of the Emir of Qatar carrying the Saudi Arabian flag is not insignificant.

1:03 pm : End of the meeting between Morocco and Croatia. The Moroccans keep the vice-champions of the world in check (0-0).Sofiane Boufal during Morocco's friendly against Chile, September 23, 2022 (URBANANDSPORT / NURPHOTO via AFP) (URBANANDSPORT/NURPHOTO via AFP)

12:43 : It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Wearing a rainbow-sleeved dress, a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community, former Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, showed her support in her own way, in the stands of the Denmark-Tunisia match. Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the Denmark-Tunisia match at Education City stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 22, 2022. (MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN / RITZAU SCANPIX) (MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN / RITZAU SCANPIX)

12:26 : To welcome the 300,000 fans expected for the World Cup, Qatar has set up fan villages. But these lines of tents are in remote camps and at the gateway to the desert. On-the-spot report. Fans' village in Qetaifan, north of Doha in Qatar, November 22, 2022. (JÉRÔME VAL / RADIO FRANCE) (JEROME VAL / RADIO FRANCE)

12:01 : The Morocco-Croatia match resumes after the break. The score is still empty.

11:59 : It’s noon, let’s rewind the morning news:

• Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of “homocide”, after the death of a newborn in a bombing of a maternity hospital in the Zaporizhia region. Follow our live.

•Two explosions, count as “attacks” by the Israeli police, it happened this morning at bus stops in Jerusalem. They left one dead and fifteen wounded.

• Bad news for the Blues. Lucas Hernandez, injured last night in the 13th minute in the match against Australia, broke the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He is forfeit until the end of the World Cup.

• A man opened fire at a Walmart supermarket in Virginia (US), killing six people, according to the municipality. The shooter is dead, police said.

11:01 : Croatia take on Morocco, for their first match in group F. Kick-off has just been called.

09:18 : The image of the Emir of Qatar carrying the Saudi Arabian flag yesterday is not banal. Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani and the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed Ben Salmane, take advantage of the World Cup to demonstrate their rapprochement, one year after the end of the diplomatic-commercial blockade imposed by Riyadh on its neighbour. Explanations.

Emir of Qatar, Tamim ben Hamad al Thani, carries a flag of Saudi Arabia, November 22, 2022 in Doha (Qatar), during the Argentina-Saudi Arabia World Cup match.  (FAREED KOTB / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP) (FAREED KOTB / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

09:14 : It’s 9am and dust, here’s the thing on the news:

• Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of “homocide”, after the death of a newborn in a bombing of a maternity hospital in the Zaporizhia region. Follow our live.

•Two explosions, count as “attacks” by the Israeli police, it happened this morning at bus stops in Jerusalem. They left one dead and fifteen wounded.

• Bad news for the Blues. Lucas Hernandez, injured last night in the 13th minute in the match against Australia, broke the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He is forfeit until the end of the World Cup.

• A man opened fire in a Walmart supermarket in Virginia (United States), provoking “deceased”according to local authorities.“The Shooter is Dead”the city of Chesapeake said on Twitter.

08:44 : With a little delay, we are doing the press review for this Wednesday morning! Several newspapers return to the Blues’ victory against Australia (4-1), last night, for their first World Cup match.

(THE SHIPPING)

(THE GROUP)

(SOUTHWEST)

06:24 : “Like the whole group, I am extremely sorry for Lucas. We are missing an important element. Lucas is a warrior and I have no doubt that he will do anything to get back on top” Didier Deschamps https://t.co/u8m7z0dcty

06:23 : Victim of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, @LucasHernandez has to sit out of the World Cup. The whole group wishes him the best possible recovery 💙 #FiersdetreBleus https://t.co/TIgHi3qOPJ

06:23 : The black point of an almost perfect evening. Lucas Hernandez went off injured in the 13th minute of the game against Australia, suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. “Like the whole group, I am extremely sorry for Lucas”reacted the coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps.

07:34 : Here’s a first point on this Wednesday’s news:

• Bad news for the Blues. Lucas Hernandez, injured last night in the 13th minute in the match against Australia, broke the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He is forfeit until the end of the World Cup.

• At noon, the Ministry of the Economy and Taxation will observe a minute’s silence, in homage to the taxman killed in Bullecourt. The Arras prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into murder and kidnapping.

• A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit northwestern Turkey early this morning, the US Institute of Geological Studies said. The earthquake left 22 people injured, according to Turkish authorities.

“We are on the brink of civil war”, warns MP Estelle Youssouffa, referring to the violence that has rocked Mayotte in recent days. For her part, the mayor of Mamoudzou speaks “terrorism” and calls for the mobilization of the army.

06:08 : The defender of the Blues Lucas Hernandez, victim of a rupture of the cruciate ligament, is forfeit until the end of the soccer World Cup.

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