World Cup 2022: Fifa tells all competing nations to ‘concentrate on soccer’ in Qatar

Norway gamers, together with Erling Haaland (far left), wore shirts final yr saying ‘human rights on and off the pitch’ in protest of the Qatar World Cup. Norway haven’t certified for the event.

Fifa has written to all 32 groups competing on the World Cup telling them to “now focus on the football” following a controversial build-up.

Host Qatar has been criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights report and its remedy of migrant employees.

The event begins on 20 November.

The letter urges that soccer shouldn’t be “dragged” into ideological or political “battles” and it shouldn’t be “handing out moral lessons”.

Peaceable protests have been deliberate by some gamers.

England’s Harry Kane and 9 different captains of European groups might be carrying ‘One Love’ armbands.

Denmark will put on “toned-down” shirts to protest towards Qatar, with equipment supplier Hummel saying it “does not wish to be visible” in a event it claims “has cost thousands of lives”.

Australia’s squad have launched a video urging Qatar to abolish its legal guidelines on same-sex relationships.

Paris, and different French cities, are refusing to display matches in public areas, regardless of France being the defending champions.

The letter, signed by Fifa president Gianni Infantino and secretary common Fatma Samoura and seen by the BBC, reads: “We know football does not live in a vacuum and we are equally aware that there are many challenges and difficulties of a political nature all around the world.

“However please don’t permit soccer to be dragged into each ideological or political battle that exists.

It provides: “At Fifa, we try to respect all opinions and beliefs, without handing out moral lessons to the rest of the world. No one people or culture or nation is “higher” than any other. This principle is the very foundation stone of mutual respect and non-discrimination.

“And that is additionally one of many core values of soccer. So, please let’s all keep in mind that and let soccer take centre stage.

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

We attempt to assist as a lot as we are able to – Henderson

Talking this week, Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned it was “not fair” to anticipate gamers to make political statements or protests on the event.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson mentioned on BBC Radio 5 dwell Breakfast: “A lot gets put on players on should the World Cup be played there and everything that goes with that, but the players don’t decide where the World Cup is played.

“Fifa decides that and that may be a query for them to reply. For us as gamers we simply play soccer and attempt to have a voice in sure methods to assist as a lot as we are able to.”

He added: “We do little issues like that to try to present folks we’re all one, we’re all inclusive and that’s the reason that marketing campaign [Kane’s armband] was delivered to gentle.

“If you do the right things, that is most important. Unless everyone is just not going to turn up, then no matter what people say it is never going to be enough.”

England’s Beth Mead mentioned on Thursday it’s “disappointing” the event is being held in Qatar. Mead, who’s overtly homosexual, doesn’t assume the Gulf state is the “right place” for the event to be staged.

A controversial build-up

Different off-the-field points embrace Russia being banned by Fifa after the nation’s invasion of Ukraine. As well as, the Ukrainian FA has known as for Iran to be banned from the World Cup for “systematic human rights violations”. It believes a crackdown on protests within the nation “may violate the principles and norms” of Fifa.

The World Cup has been moved to the winter for the primary time in its 92-year historical past. Qatar initially proposed to host the finals throughout the summer time in air-conditioned enclosed stadiums, however the plan was rejected.

Qatar’s World Cup organisers state “everyone is welcome” to go to the nation to observe the soccer, and that no-one might be discriminated towards.

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Seven new stadiums have been constructed for the occasion, in addition to an airport, roads and about 100 accommodations. Qatar’s authorities says 30,000 international labourers have been employed simply to construct the stadiums, with most coming from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the Philippines.

Human rights teams have complained in regards to the remedy of international labourers in Qatar, and the quantity who’ve died there.

In February 2021, the Guardian mentioned 6,500 migrant employees from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in Qatar because it gained its World Cup bid in 2010.

The quantity relies on figures offered by the nations’ embassies in Qatar.

Nonetheless, the Qatar authorities mentioned the full was deceptive, as a result of not all of the deaths recorded have been of individuals engaged on World Cup-related initiatives.

The federal government mentioned its accident information confirmed that between 2014 and 2020, there have been 37 deaths amongst labourers at World Cup stadium building websites, solely three of which have been “work-related”.

BBC Arabic has gathered proof which suggests Qatar’s authorities has under-reported deaths amongst international labourers.

England’s Soccer Affiliation has backed requires compensation to be awarded for “any injury or death related to any construction project” for the World Cup.

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