FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Netherlands gamers intention rights protest at Qatar forward of Latvia conflict
Germany lined up earlier than the Iceland sport in black T-shirts with white lettering to spell out ‘Human Rights’, whereas Norway donned T-shirts with the message ‘Human rights, on and off the pitch’ earlier than their qualifier towards Gibraltar.
The Hague: The Netherlands nationwide crew protested in assist of human rights in Qatar forward of Saturday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier match towards Latvia after comparable gestures from Norway and Germany’s gamers.
Frank de Boer’s facet went out onto the pitch on the Johan Cruyff Area in Amsterdam carrying T-shirts with the message “Soccer helps CHANGE”, aimed on the Gulf state which is internet hosting subsequent yr’s finals.
Qatar has confronted criticisms for its remedy of migrant staff, lots of whom are concerned in preparations for the 2022 World Cup, with campaigners accusing employers of exploitation and forcing labourers to work in harmful situations.
Qatari authorities insist they’ve achieved greater than any nation within the area to enhance employee welfare.
“We all know that the employees who’re constructing the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup are working below very tough situations. We can not stay detached to it and do nothing,” Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt instructed Dutch media.
“Within the coming weeks, we will even work with (gamers) unions from different international locations to debate joint motion.”
Lyon ahead Memphis Depay instructed information company ANP: “As footballers our voice must be heard. It is going to be simpler via collective motion which brings collectively completely different international locations fairly than by appearing individually.”
ANP additionally reviews that whereas the Dutch soccer affiliation (KNVB) was by no means in favour of holding subsequent yr’s finals in Qatar, they aren’t planning on boycotting the match.
On Friday, FIFA stated that Germany and Norway wouldn’t be punished for protests from their groups earlier than qualifying fixtures midweek.
The Germany crew lined up earlier than their 3-0 win over Iceland in black T-shirts with white lettering to spell out “Human Rights”, whereas Norway donned T-shirts with the message “Human rights, on and off the pitch” earlier than their qualifier towards Gibraltar.
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