World Cup 2022: Fifa tells all competing nations to ‘focus on football’ in Qatar

Norway wore shirts to protest the World Cup in Qatar
Norway’s players, including Erling Holland (left), wore shirts with the slogan “Human rights on and off the field” in protest at the Qatar World Cup last year. Norway has not qualified for the tournament.

FIFA has written to all 32 World Cup teams, telling them to “focus on football now” after a controversial rally.

Host Qatar has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers.

The tournament starts on November 20.

In this letter, it is emphasized that football should not be “drawn” into ideological or political “battles” and should not teach “moral lessons”.

Peaceful demonstrations are planned by some players.

England’s Harry Kane and nine other captains of European teams will wear the uniform “One Love” bracelet.

Denmark will wear “Tone” shirts. In protest against Qatar, kit supplier Hummel said Qatar did not want to be seen at a tournament it claimed had “lost thousands of lives”.

The Australian team has Posted a video He called on Qatar to repeal its laws on same-sex relationships.

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Paris and other French cities refuse to show the matches in public places, despite France being the defending champions.

The letter, signed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino and FIFA secretary-general Fatima Samora and seen by the BBC, said: “We know that football does not live in a vacuum and we are equally aware that there are many political challenges and difficulties around. There is. the world.

But please don’t let football get dragged into any ideological or political war.

It adds: “At FIFA, we try to respect all beliefs and opinions, without giving moral lessons to the rest of the world. No race or culture or nation is ‘better’ than anyone else. This is a cornerstone principle. Mutual respect and non-discrimination

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And this is one of the main values ​​of football. So please let’s remember all that and let football take center stage.

We have the unique opportunity to welcome and welcome everyone regardless of origin, background, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nationality.”

We try to help as much as we can – Henderson

Speaking this week, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it was “not fair” to expect players to make political statements or protest during the matches.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson told BBC Radio 5’s Breakfast: “If the World Cup goes there and everything that goes with it, it puts a lot of pressure on the players, but the players don’t decide where the World Cup is going to be. .

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FIFA decides and that is the question for them to answer. “For us as players, we just play football and try to be vocal in certain ways to help as much as we can.”

He added: “We do little things like this to try to show people that we are all one, we are all inclusive, and that’s why this campaign [Kane’s armband] appeared.

“If you do the right things, that’s the most important thing. Unless everybody shows up, no matter what people say, it’s never going to be enough.”

England’s Bethmead said on Thursday that it was “Disappointingly” the tournament will be held in Qatar. Mead, who is openly gay, doesn’t think the Gulf state is the “right place” to host the tournament.

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Among other off-field issues, we can mention Russia’s sanctions by FIFA after the country’s attack on Ukraine. Furthermore The Ukrainian Football Federation has demanded the exclusion of Iran of the World Cup for “systematic violations of human rights”. This organization believes that the suppression of protests in this country “may violate the principles and norms of FIFA”.

The World Cup was moved to winter for the first time in its 92-year history. Qatar initially proposed hosting the finals in summer in air-conditioned indoor stadiums, but the plan was rejected.

Qatar World Cup organizers have announced that “everyone is welcome” to travel to the country to watch football and no one will be discriminated against.

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Seven new stadiums were built for the event, as well as an airport, roads and around 100 hotels. Qatar’s government says 30,000 foreign workers have been hired to build the stadiums alone, most of them from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the Philippines.

Human rights groups have complained about the treatment of foreign workers in Qatar and the number of people who have died there.

In February 2021, the Guardian said 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in the country since Qatar won the World Cup in 2010.

This figure is based on the figures provided by the embassies of these countries in Qatar.

However, Qatar’s government said the total was misleading because not all recorded deaths involved people working on World Cup-related projects.

The government said the country’s accident records show that between 2014 and 2020, there were 37 deaths among workers on World Cup stadium construction sites, only three of which were “work-related”.

BBC Arabic has gathered evidence that the Qatari government has underreported the deaths of foreign workers.

The FA has backed calls for compensation for “any injury or death in connection with any construction project” for the World Cup.

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