Thursday, March 25, 2021

Qatar World Cup Protest

 Players for Norway's national team will not be penalised by Fifa for championing human rights in Qatar  when they wore T-shirts that read “Human rights On and off the pitch”.

Laws of the game prevent players from using equipment that bears “any political, religious or personal slogans”, but on Thursday Fifa said they would be taking no action regarding the protest.

“Fifa believes in the freedom of speech and in the power of football as a force for good,” a spokesperson for the governing body said. “No disciplinary proceedings in relation to this matter will be opened by Fifa.”

The Dutch FA said it would not boycott the tournament, in line with Amnesty’s recommendations, but would “use the current spotlight on the World Cup and make our own contribution to efforts to improve the plight of migrant workers in Qatar”.

On Thursday the English FA issued a statement saying it intended to engage with the tournament in a “socially responsible” manner and that there was “still much more to be done” on human rights in the country.

 A Guardian report said that more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in the country over the past decade. 

Fifa takes no action over Norway protest as FA voices Qatar concerns | World Cup 2022 | The Guardian

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