DUISBURG, Germany: Germany beat Iceland 3-0 in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Before the kick-off, German players chanted a human rights campaign with their players wearing black T-shirts that read “HUMAN RIGHTS” (human rights) in white writing.
“It is a symbol that we all defend human rights in the world, regardless of the place and values we represent.
“It’s a good and important emblem,” German operator Joachim Loew said.
The protest came a day after Norwegian players did the same in Gibraltar with the message, ‘Human rights, on and off the field’ to highlight the situation faced by foreign workers in the construction of the 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar.
British media reported that more than 6,500 workers had died at the stadium’s construction site since Qatar was granted the right to host the World Cup in 2010.
Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz put Germany 2-0 ahead in the first seven minutes, the first time they had led a game so early in 52 years.
It was the reaction Loew demanded after they thrashed Spain 6-0 in November last year.
Ilkay Gundogan, who has scored 16 goals in 34 appearances for Manchester City this season, completed Germany’s victory with a goal in the second half.