The Germans followed Norway’s example by making their stance known in the opening game of their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Germany’s players donned custom-made black shirts with one different letter in white on each one, which spelled out “Human rights” together.
The four-time world champions wore these T-shirts before kick-off began in the first match of their 2022 World Cup qualifying against Iceland on Thursday at the MSV-Arena in Duisburg.
It was the home side’s way of promoting their stance against World Cup hosts Qatar’s reported violations against migrants in the Gulf nation.
According to The Guardian earlier this year, over 6,500 migrant workers have died since 2010.
Germany’s actions came a day after the Norwegian national team’s players wore their own T-shirts bearing the message: “Human rights on and off the pitch”.
The Norway squad wore T-shirts to express concern about the Qatar 2022 World Cup and its hosts' human rights record ahead of their qualifying match against Gibraltar on Wednesday.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 25, 2021
The Scandinavian outfit will not face any punishment from FIFA, who support “the freedom of speech, and in the power of football as a force for good”.
“We have the World Cup coming up and there will be discussions about it,” said midfielder Leon Goretzka after helping Germany defeat Iceland 3-0.
“We wanted to show we are not ignoring that. We have a large reach and we can use it to set an example for the values we want to stand for.”
Goretzka, Kai Havertz, and Ilkay Gundogan were the scorers to help Germany embark on a winning start in Group J by beating Iceland 3-0.
The 2022 World Cup takes place in Qatar on November 21 next year.
Goretzka on the Human Rights campaign: "We have a large platform to stand up for our values. The message is pretty clear. We talked about it within the team. We have the World Cup ahead of us and we want to make it clear to society that we are not going to ignore it" pic.twitter.com/Ur05qm234Z
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) March 25, 2021