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Germany supporters clashed within the stands after their disappointing Qatar World Cup group-stage exit as demonstrations in support of Mesut Ozil continued on the Al Bayt Stadium. A bit of Qataris and other spectators were again within the stands for Germany’s 4-2 win against Costa Rica, protesting against the Muslim star’s treatment.

Ozil, who scored 23 goals in 92 caps for Germany, hasn’t represented his country since 2018. The national team dropped the 34-year-old midfielder as he became an outcast at Arsenal and hasn’t had a look-in since denouncing the persecution of Muslim Uighurs in China a yr later.

That said, it should be stressed that his absence has no relation to his public criticism, and there was a conflation of separate issues.

Germany’s players protested FIFA banning European nations, including England, from wearing ‘OneLove’ armbands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community ruffled feathers in Qatar, where it is unlawful to be in a homosexual relationship. And native spectators bit back by attending Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Germany and Spain with print-outs of Ozil.

The identical photos and drawings returned to the German fan section for Thursday’s overcome Costa Rica, which wasn’t enough to stop back-to-back group-stage eliminations as a result of Japan beating Spain. And while tensions were high after the final result, indignant supporters clashed with the protestors, attempting to grab the print-outs and confront those involved.

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Before the aggro, lots of of other Qataris mocked Germany’s protest against the ‘OneLove’ armband ban by covering their mouths while holding up the Ozil print-outs. And a Qatar TV channel revelled within the nation’s exit, with several hosts covering their mouths and waving Hansi Flick’s side goodbye.

Germany almost had as bad a campaign as Qatar, who made history this winter for all of the improper reasons. The hosts became the primary to lose the tournament opener, then the primary to suffer defeat in all three group-stage games, and only the second to be eliminated at the primary hurdle.

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Qatar began with a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador on the opening night before losing 3-1 to Senegal and 2-0 to the Netherlands. Germany picked up 4 points, drawing 1-1 against Spain and beating Costa Rica, but finished below the Spaniards on goal difference.

Ozil, who helped Germany to their fourth World Cup in 2014, is in Qatar, but only to look at some games in a non-public capability.

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