2022 World Cup: Qatar says it ‘commends’ name for reform after Socceroos video criticizing LGBTQ and labor rights


World Cup host Qatar has praised the Australian males’s nationwide group for his or her efforts to boost consciousness on “important matters” and stated that “no country is perfect,” a spokesperson for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy stated on Friday.

In a video message produced by Skilled Footballers Australia (PFA) and launched Wednesday, 16 Socceroos referred to as on Qatar to acknowledge same-sex relationships and enhance the rights of migrant employees. The PFA additionally launched an open letter to Qatar expressing want for reform.

”We commend footballers utilizing their platforms to boost consciousness for essential issues,” Qatar’s Supreme Committee spokesperson stated, responding to the footballers’ name for reform within the nation forward of the upcoming World Cup in Doha subsequent month.

“No country is perfect, and every country – hosts of major events or not – has its challenges,” the spokesperson stated.

“New laws and reforms often take time to bed in, and robust implementation of labor laws is a global challenge, including in Australia.”

The 16 Socceroos stated within the video message that they had been “seeking to embed reforms and establish a lasting legacy in Qatar.”

“This must include establishing a migrant resource center, effective remedy for those who have been denied their rights, and the decriminalization of all same-sex relationships,” they added.

“These are the basic rights that should be afforded to all and will ensure continued progress in Qatar – a legacy that goes well beyond the final whistle of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

The Guardian reported final yr that 6,500 migrant employees had died within the nation within the 10 years following Qatar’s profitable bid to host the event in 2010, most of whom had been concerned in low-wage, harmful labor, typically undertaken in excessive warmth.

The report – “categorically” denied by event organizers – didn’t join all 6,500 deaths with World Cup infrastructure tasks and has not been independently verified by CNN.

Qatar has additionally been the topic of criticism for the nation’s anti-LGBTQ legal guidelines.

The World Cup kicks off on November 20 and runs by means of to the ultimate on December 18. Australia’s first match is on November 22 towards France.