FIFA 2022 World Cup: Australia’s national soccer team spoke out against World Cup host Qatar’s record on human rights and same-sex relations…
FIFA 2022 World Cup: Australia’s national soccer team spoke out against World Cup host Qatar’s record on human rights and same-sex relations in a video released on Thursday, adding to criticism of the country in the weeks leading up to the tournament. For more FIFA World Cup related news, follow InsideSport.IN
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Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, has come under intense international pressure for its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws.
FIFA 2022 World Cup: Australian players highlight Qatar’s human rights record ahead of World Cup
The video, which shows several players delivering a message line by line, cited harm to Qatar’s more than 1.6 million migrant workers and the status of same-sex relationships, which are illegal in the conservative Gulf state.
“We have learned that the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar has resulted in suffering and injury to countless of our colleagues,” said midfielder Jackson Irvine.
“As players we fully support the rights of LGBTI+ people, but in Qatar people are not free to love whoever they choose,” sophomore midfielder Denis Genreau said.
Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday that while some criticism was constructive, it also included innuendo and double standards.
The Socceroos acknowledged the reforms so far but called for more, including a migrant resource centre, redress for those denied rights and the decriminalization of all same-sex relationships.
A separate statement from Football Australia, the top soccer body, on Thursday acknowledged reforms but said the matches had been linked “with suffering for some migrant workers and their families.”
Unrest over the country’s human rights record has led to calls for teams and officials to boycott the matches. The Dutch government confirmed last week that it would send a delegation despite a parliamentary vote urging it not to.
Players expressed support for FIFPROa union for professional footballers, as well as labor groups, the Building and Woodworkers International and the International Trade Union Confederation.
Australia will play France, Denmark and Tunisia after the World Cup kicks off on November 20.
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