Ilkay Gundogan says that as someone who comes from a Muslim family, the community is “proud” that Qatar is hosting the World Cup and that “now the politics are over.”
The German squad has carried out one of the most notorious protests against Fifa and the state of Qatar in this World Cup, having covered their mouths with their hands for the team photo before the 2-1 defeat against Japan. That came after FIFA warned of “unlimited liability” should they wear the OneLove bracelets.
“We had some players who were angry with FIFA because there were things planned with the team, some players were frustrated and wanted to show something,” Gundogan said in the mixed zone after the 1-1 draw with Spain. “We had the discussion in the team and it was decided that we will make this gesture against FIFA. If you do it, do it as a team.”
From Gundogan’s point of view, the statement has been made, and it’s time for Germany to focus on trying to get through the group and win the World Cup. He also spoke of his pride in coming from a Muslim family and seeing a predominantly Muslim country host the tournament.
“My point of view is that now the politics is over. Qatar is very proud, very proud to host it, also the first Muslim country, I come from a Muslim family, the Muslim community is proud, now it’s about enjoying and celebrating football. “