According to a letter from the international football governing body. All 32 World Cup teams have been asked to “focus on the football” in Qatar and avoid placing sports “into every ideological or political battle.”
This article will focus on the protests made by World Cup teams to highlight several different issues. From LGBTQ rights to migrant worker protections and so much more, these teams have a story to tell. This article seeks to explore the many ways in which these protests shaped the World Cup landscape.
The Qatari government has stated that there were likely other causes of death related to the migrant populations, not just construction workers.
They have released a statement in response to these tragic news stories reporting that 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have died in the country since 2010. They claim that these numbers were inaccurate and that there is nothing more to it than what would be expected for a population of size and demographics.
The government reported 37 work-related deaths between 2014 and 2020, three of which were due to the construction of World Cup stadiums.
The Danish team recently decided to wear a “toned-down” kit during the World Cup. Danish manufacturer Hummel said it “does not want to stand out” at a tournament marked by violence and death.
“We support the Danish national team, but that’s not the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation,” she said.
A member of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee responded to Denmark’s announcement. He says the country has used the World Cup as a catalyst to drive change. Migrant worker laws were reformed in 2010.
The Australian national team recently released a video criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and calling for decriminalizing same-sex relationships. These relationships are strictly prohibited within the borders of Qatar.
The tournament’s organizers acknowledged that “no country is perfect.” They praised the Australian players for “using their platforms to raise awareness for essential matters. But added that every country has its challenges.
Nine World Cup captains will wear rainbow armbands to support the LGBTQ community.
World Cup organizers have said that everyone is welcome regardless of their sexual orientation or background.
They’ve also cautioned against public displays of affection because all cultures and religions may not accept them.
Recently, Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp stated that he believes it is not the player’s responsibility to express political opinions. He said other people made the decision and if you want to criticize anyone, criticize those who made the decision.
She later said her remarks had been “misinterpreted” and that she supported the country of Qatar.