GERMANY made a defiant message to Fifa with an iconic team photo ahead of their World Cup opener against Japan.

Hansi Flick’s side were one of the seven European nations who planned one wearing the One Love armband.

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Germany’s players covered their mouths for the team photo in a united stance[/caption]

The armband has been used as a message of support and unity, especially for the LGBTQ+ community.

However, Fifa made a last-minute U-turn to ban the accessory – and threatened captains with yellow cards or even one-match suspensions.

It means captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer walked out with the regular generic ‘No Discrimination’ version instead.

But Germany’s starting XI made a protest of their own ahead of kick-off in Qatar.

The 11 stars lined up and all covered their mouths – as if to say they have been silenced by the tournament organisers.

That includes Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who was in the stadium to witness the silent stand first hand.

The German players also wore training tops with rainbow colours on the shoulders for the warm-up at the Khalifa International Stadium.

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