FIFA urges “head in the sand” before Qatar World Cup

FIFA urges “head in the sand” before Qatar World Cup

Lausanne – In a letter obtained by Sky News on Thursday, FIFA urged teams competing in the controversial Qatar World Cup to “concentrate on football” and cease “giving moral lectures.”

Regarding the treatment of foreign workers on key infrastructure projects for the World Cup, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, Qatar has been criticized for its human rights record.

In an anti-discrimination effort, captains from a number of leading European nations, including England, France, and Germany, will wear armbands in rainbow colors with the inscription “One Love.” Homosexuality is prohibited in the Gulf state.

The Australian national team criticized the “suffering” of migrant workers last week.

 

Please now concentrate on the football! World football’s governing body confirmed to AFP that FIFA president Gianni Infantino and secretary general Fatma Samoura issued a letter to each of the 32 World Cup nations.

“We are aware that football does not exist in a vacuum and that there are several political concerns and obstacles throughout the world.

Please refrain from dragging football into every ideological or political conflict that occurs.

Organisers from Qatar have defended the country’s human rights record.

A spokeswoman for the World Cup stated, in response to the complaint from the Australian players, that implementing “strong” labor rules was likewise a “difficult” for Australia.

A week prior to the event, the Arab League governments condemned criticism of Qatar as a “defamation campaign.”

The FIFA letter stated, “One of the world’s greatest strengths is its diversity, and if inclusion means anything, it involves respecting that diversity.”

“No people, culture, or country is ‘better’ than another.”

Wednesday, Qatari Minister of Labor Ali bin Samikh Al Marri told AFP that calls for a new compensation fund for migrant employees were a “publicity gimmick.”

He also accused some of the critics of the country of “racist.”

Marri stated, “They do not want a tiny country, an Arab country, or an Islamic country to host the World Cup.”

 

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