Germany: Sankt Pauli, the football club that fights against discrimination

The rainbow flag, emblem of the LGBT community. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

The World Cup in Qatar started two days ago and as expected, questions around the repression of homosexuality in the small emirate are still very strong. So, should the players show their solidarity? The goalkeeper and captain of the France team has decided: he will not wear the multicolored “One Love” armband in support of LGBT people. In Germany, FC Sankt Pauli, one of the most popular clubs in the country has a completely different positioning. Here, football is perceived as a vector of values: against racism, against discrimination of all kinds. Report in Hamburg, in the cult club of Sankt Pauli where the rainbow flag has been hoisted permanently on the roof of the stadium for almost 10 years and the World Cup in Qatar, boycotted.

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