Hoeneß: Germany were the ‘big losers’ in Qatar on and off the pitch

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The 1974 World Cup winner Uli Hoeneß believes Germany were “the big losers” at the Qatar edition of the tournament. Germany went out in the group stage for the second straight time in December while trying to use the first Arab World Cup to press for more freedoms in the region. Captain Manuel Neuer was among several European skippers who wanted to wear a multi-coloured rainbow armband to promote diversity in a country where homosexuality is banned. World governing body FIFA threatened sanctions if players did so, leading Germany Interior and Sports Minister Nancy Faeser to don the armband in …

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