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How the One Love bandage made it onto TV

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The World Football Association FIFA has put its foot down by banning the “One Love” captain’s armbands at the World Cup. However, an end to the debate is far from in sight. Some journalists made a statement with colorful clothing around the Monday games.

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Claudia Neumann, who commentated on the preliminary round match between the USA and Wales on German ZDF, sat in her reporter’s seat with a rainbow shirt and matching armband. “I want to set an example for diversity and tolerance,” she said during the game.

With the strong gesture, Neumann followed the example of BBC presenter Alex Scott, who had previously worn the “One Love” bandage on her arm in front of the cameras.

Numerous top European teams, including Germany, had announced that they would wear this captain’s armband to show tolerance. However, FIFA had banned the wearing under threat of penalties on Monday morning.

US journalist is not allowed in the stadium

While Neumann and Scott initially remained unmolested, a journalist from the USA was apparently denied entry to the stadium because his T-shirt also had the rainbow colors on it. Grant Wahl, wearing a rainbow shirt ahead of the Netherlands-Senegal game, resulted in an awkward encounter with Qatari security officials.

Wahl first tweeted the incident and then recorded his experiences in a longer Internet article. First he was asked to change his t-shirt because it was “not allowed” in the stadium. Immediately after the first tweet, his mobile phone was snatched from him. He was detained for around half an hour and repeatedly asked to take off his T-shirt.

Source: Nachrichten

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