26 Mar 2022 | 10:58 | Football
PSG visit the World Cup venue
The 2022 World Cup has been a controversial tournament since before it even started. In previous years, FIFA had been troubled by allegations of corruption to choose to host the world’s largest tournament in this Middle Eastern country, thereby helping Qatar get to the World Cup for the first time in its history. Subsequent investigations revealed human rights issues in the country, as workers building World Cup stadiums were forced to work in deplorable conditions, the death toll is believed to have risen. to many thousands of people.
Those issues sparked the movement to boycott the 2022 World Cup. But with the players and coaches, the main characters of the tournament, a boycott is almost impossible. Recently, England coach Gareth Southgate has affirmed that the existing problems in Qatar are serious and need to be resolved, but said that the Three Lions still attend the tournament because the boycott does not solve any problems.
That is also the view of many others. The Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, although he criticized the organization of the World Cup in Qatar and also supported the improvement of working conditions for workers, at the end of last year, he expressed his opinion: “The Talking about political issues is not the job of the coach or the players. You have other gentlemen for that.”
“If we didn’t limit ourselves, we wouldn’t be able to compete in any tournament. There were problems everywhere. Peter R. de Vries, a great friend of mine, was murdered. in the Netherlands. What should be said about that? I know it’s incomparable, but I’ve had a lot of trouble with it too.”
Previously, Toni Kroos also said that giving Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup was a mistake, but the German midfielder added that he did not believe that boycotting the tournament would help migrant workers in the country. Gulf country: ” They have to work non-stop in the heat sometimes 50 degrees. At the same time, they are also malnourished, lack of running water, especially at this temperature. All those points are perfect. totally unacceptable. There can be no other opinion on that.”
“But what’s the point of boycotting such a tournament? Is it really going to improve the situation? Has working conditions changed? I think not. That means a boycott. It’s not going to change working conditions much. It’s wrong to give the league to them, I think. But 10 years have passed. Football can, and should, have problems, but neither is football. only responsible for making everything in the world a better place.”