Demand fair treatment for Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup | Video
Abdullah Mohammed Al Thani Qatar’s ambassador to Germany, on Monday called for fair treatment for his country as host of the World Cup 2022, making a comparison with Russia, who organized the tournament in 2018.
If we go back four years, the World Cup was in a country that had taken Crimea, had people in prison, oppressed people, and there was no attention from Germany or any other country in Europe.
The intervention of the Qatari diplomat took place in the congress of the German Football Association (DFB)) ‘Sport and human rights: measures before, during and after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, held this Monday in Frankfurt.
The Qatari ambassador explained that his country has been on the front page for 12 years and has initiated many changes. The situation in Qatar “is not yet perfect”he admitted, adding that change takes time. “It’s not 100 percent, it’s a journey,” she said.
In addition, he argued that also Germany, for instance, the issue of equal rights between men and women had been around for many years. Al Thani claimed that the Germans who had been in Qatar, such as Bayern Munich, in their traditional winter concentrations, report their positive experiences. “Say it publicly or keep your mouth shut,” he warned.
A representative of Germany’s association of fan and ultra groups went on stage to speak to the DFB’s conference on human rights in Qatar ahead of the World Cup.
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The president of the DFB, Bernd Neuendorf, announced at the congress that, shortly before the start of the World Cup, would once again call for an improvement in the human rights situation in the host country during a joint trip with the Minister of the Interior, Nancy Fazer.
Neuendorf, Like the representatives of the human rights organizations and trade unions, He indicated that progress is visible, but pointed out that there are two issues that need a specific application.
He called for the creation of “job centers” to which workers can go in case of infringement by employers and a fund for workers who died or were injured during the construction of the World Cup stadiums. Neuendorf made it clear that FIFA also has a responsibility in this regard.
(With information from Europe Press)