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Big discussions in the ZDF sports studio. The debate about rainbow colors and the One Love captain’s armband dominated the broadcast on Monday (November 21). Moderator Jochen Breyer and expert Christoph Kramer argued heatedly several times.

Shortly before, FIFA had banned the wearing of the special captain’s armband. The national associations, including the DFB, buckled under the pressure. Unlike commentator Claudia Neumann. She made a clear statement in the gym.

Sports studio: FIFA ban big topic

FIFA doesn’t want any political statements. The posse made that clear shortly after the start of the tournament. Seven national associations wanted to set an example with a special captain’s armband. The world association did not want that and even threatened penalties.

So while the footballers gave up their rebellion with their tails tightened, it was journalists who made a statement. So did Claudia Neumann, who commented on the match between the USA and Wales during the sports studio broadcast in the evening.

Neumann in rainbow colors

She spoke live from the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. But rather a sign was what she wore. Because the ZDF woman had put on a T-shirt with a heart in rainbow colors. But she didn’t leave it at that. In addition, she wore a rainbow armband on her arm. An expression of tolerance and diversity.

This piece of fabric causes heated discussions. Photo: IMAGO / Ulmer/Team photo

An action that is very courageous in Qatar. Accordingly, the sports studio commentator also received a lot of praise. “Claudia Neumann du Legende,” commented a viewer on Twitter. “Many thanks to Claudia Neumann from ZDF, that’s how you do it,” says another.

Gym: Others are also setting an example

Neumann was not the first to position himself clearly during a live broadcast. A British reporter had already worn the One Love armband during the game between England and Iran.


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FIFA prohibits political statements during matches. Internally, the world association had probably threatened players and teams with penalties. How far-reaching these could have been (i.e. deduction of points or exclusion from the World Cup) is unknown.

Source: Derwesten

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