World Cup 2022: Fifa’s Arsene Wenger criticises efficiency of protesting nations

World Cup 2022: OneLove armband - Germany players cover mouths amid row with Fifa

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Arsene Wenger has suggested countries that protested at the World Cup saw their on-field performances suffer.

Germany players covered their mouths before their opening defeat against Japan after Fifa threatened “unlimited” sanctions against players who wore the anti-discrimination OneLove armband.

“The teams [who performed well] were mentally ready,” Wenger said.

“They had the mindset to focus on the competition and not on political demonstrations.”

Former Arsenal manager Wenger, who is Fifa’s head of global football development, was speaking at a media briefing on Sunday.

Germany’s football federation was the most vocal in pressing for the OneLove armbands to be worn by players and said “extreme blackmail” led to Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Wales, England and Switzerland…