At the FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands draw a line under the armband protests

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirms Dutch team will not follow German's mouth-covering protest . Germany performed the pose before their humiliating 2-1 loss to Japan .

Before their second World Cup group match against Ecuador on Friday, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has confirmed that his team will not follow Germany's mouth-covering protest.During a team photo on Wednesday, Germany performed the pose before their humiliating 2-1 loss to Japan.Following FIFA's threats of on-field disciplinary action, German captains were forced to abandon plans for skipper Manuel Neuer to wear a rainbow-themed OneLove armband.The demonstrations took place in the World Cup-hosting country Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

At a pre-match press conference in Holland, Van Gaal said, We are here to become world champions.Denzel Dumfries, a Dutch migrant worker, said: Last Thursday, we welcomed the migrants.It was a great evening for them and us.We've made statements, but we came to Qatar to play, and that's what we're focusing on.

Van Gaal said that it has been about human rights in the Netherlands for a long time, presumably rightfully so, but also not wrongly so.

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