If the soccer World Cup is in the news this year, it is not only for the expected matches and the stakes, but rather for human rights reasons.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, with a Senegal-Netherlands match as the opening match. But the Cup will surely have some absentees. Indeed, Philipp Lahm, member of the German soccer delegation, indicated in an interview with Kicker, that he would not accompany the German selection in Qatar. The former captain of the 2014 world champions, pleaded political reasons “I prefer to stay home. Human rights should play a more important role in the awarding of competitions.”
He questioned the criteria for FIFA‘s decisions to award the World Cup to Qatar: “This should not happen again in the future. Human rights, the size of the country … all this seems not to have been taken into account.” He also addresses his counterparts: “As players, you can no longer pretend you don’t know.” he adds.
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