Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Swedish clubs sign Qatar protest, demand action from FIFA

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – Sweden’s top football league on Thursday signed off on an Amnesty International protest that “gives FIFA a red card” and demands that the governing body stop migrants from traveling to Qatar during next year’s World Cup. Stand up for workers’ rights.

Qatar has faced criticism amid reports of discriminatory laws and conditions for migrant workers preparing the country for the tournament.

The Swedish national team has yet to qualify for the World Cup, but it may still do so through the European playoffs.

“We can no longer influence where the World Cup final will be played, but we can apply pressure and show FIFA that we think the decision was already unacceptable, and that FIFA needs to do more for migrant workers.” Responsibility must be taken,” he said. Jens T. Andersen, President of the Swedish Professional Soccer League.

The group represents 32 men’s football clubs in the top two divisions of the Scandinavian country.

Andersen said, “We think the above criticism is important to present, and emphasizes the importance of the work of the Swedish Soccer Association’s lobby in Qatar.”

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Anna Johansson, head of Amnesty’s Swedish chapter, said in the same statement that “migrant workers are indispensable to the system of the 2022 World Cup, but it should not be at the cost of their lives and human rights.”

On Monday the Danish national football team said its players would wear a “human rights message” on their training clothing in Qatar. The Danish Football Federation also stated that it would also reduce the number of trips to Qatar for staff and partners, so “participation in the World Cup Final is primarily about sports participation and not the promotion of the World Cup organizers’ events.” have to give.”

In 2010, Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in a controversial vote that sparked an investigation into corruption throughout the bidding process. Evidence was not found by FIFA to deny Qatar the hosting rights.

The natural gas-rich emirate has spent billions of dollars to cope with the event by building hotels, a new transportation system and grand stadiums.

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