Norwegian players wear t-shirts to protest Qatar’s World Cup ahead of qualifying against Gibraltar

Norwegian players wear t-shirts to protest Qatar's World Cup ahead of qualifying against Gibraltar


In recent weeks, several top division clubs in Norway have suggested the national team boycott the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup due to the conditions migrant workers face in Qatar.

A Guardian report last month said more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since the country won the right to host the World Cup in 2010.

“The death rate among these communities is within the expected range for the size and demographics of the population,” the government of Qatar told The Guardian in response.

CNN has not independently verified the Guardian figures.

Qatar controversially beat the United States and Australia for hosting rights, with the tournament being moved to November and December to avoid the sweltering summer heat in the country.

Erling Haaland and Alexander Sorloth wear t-shirts in protest before the match against Gibraltar.
“This is about putting pressure on FIFA to be even more direct, even firmer with the Qatari authorities, to impose more stringent requirements,” Norway head coach Stale Solbakken said before. the game, according to Sky Sports.

FIFA’s Qatar media team was not immediately available to respond when contacted by CNN.

“Has Qatar been treated unfairly? Yes, in my opinion absolutely,” Nasser Al Khater, chief executive of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee, told CNN in late 2019. “I believe Qatar was tried by the perception court very early on.”

Norway missed out on the 3-0 winners against Gibraltar and call on the national team to boycott Qatar’s World Cup with extra weight, as this team – which includes Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard – present the country’s best chances. reach a final since his last qualification in 1998.

The Norwegian Football Association announced last week that it has set up a commission to decide what Norwegian football should do in response to human rights concerns in Qatar.

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