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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has confirmed his group is not going to mirror Germany’s mouth-covering protest earlier than their second World Cup group recreation in opposition to Ecuador on Friday. Germany carried out the gesture throughout their group photograph previous to Wednesday’s shock 2-1 defeat in opposition to Japan. The German protest got here after they had been pressured to desert plans for skipper Manuel Neuer to put on a rainbow-themed “OneLove” armband following threats of on-field disciplinary motion by FIFA.
Captains of a number of European nations had initially hoped to put on the rainbow armbands, which had been considered as a symbolic protest in opposition to legal guidelines in World Cup host nation Qatar, the place homosexuality is prohibited. The Dutch camp has stated they won’t focus on any points aside from soccer since they invited a bunch of migrant employees to a coaching session at their base in Doha final week.
And Van Gaal doubled down on that call forward of a Group A conflict in Doha between two groups who each gained their opening matches on the match. “We’re right here to change into world champions,” Van Gaal stated at his pre-match press convention.
Netherlands full-back Denzel Dumfries added: “Final Thursday we welcomed the migrant employees. It was a beautiful night for them and us.
“We’ve got made statements however we got here to Qatar to play, and that is what we’re specializing in. We’ve got stated what we have to say however any longer we have to focus on taking part in soccer.”
Van Gaal had stated on the eve of the match that he had “no drawback” with supporters within the Netherlands who selected to boycott the World Cup as a result of their views on human rights points in Qatar.
Nonetheless, he additionally stated he hoped his gamers would carry out properly sufficient to influence followers to tune into their video games. “Within the Netherlands for a very long time it has been about human rights and maybe rightly so, but in addition perhaps not rightly so,” Van Gaal added.
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