The protest of the bracelets that will seek to make visible the discontent of the soccer players in the World Cup in Qatar

Qatar will host the World Cup amidst controversy (Reuters) (NASEEM ZEITOON /)

Six days after the start of the Qatar World Cup 2022 one of the issues that is in the focus of interest of fans, authorities and journalism is the environment that will be lived both in the stands and in the surroundings of the eight stadiums that will host each of the 64 World Cup matches.

In an opinion piece, the British newspaper Guardian considered that the sportswashing (using the sport to improve his reputation) fell short of his goal in Qatar and the event was tainted anyway. To argue it, she expressed some points that were and still are in question, such as treatment of immigrant workers for the construction of the venues and the stalls that will be opened for the start of the tournament.

At the same time, he placed a lot of emphasis on highlighting the laws and punishments that govern against homosexualityexposing the recent statements by Khalid Salman, ambassador of the competition and former international, in which he described homosexuality as “mental damage”.

Human rights and freedom of expression play a key role in this World Cup event (Reuters)
Human rights and freedom of expression play a key role in this World Cup event (Reuters) (HAMAD I MOHAMMED /)

In the same article, Guardian also emphasized the Bad decision by FIFA to choose Qatar as the venue for a World Cup event, taking the words of the former FIFA president Joseph Blatterwho endorsed Russia and Qatar as host countries on May 31, 2011 and who a few days ago He defined this election as “a mistake.”

On the other side are the defenders of the World Cup being held in the Asian country since they believe that the high profile of the event it will serve as an incentive to improve human rights. Something that, according to reflection, did not happen at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 or at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Even the Qatari authorities, aware of what world figures generate, went after them to try to convince them to be the ambassadors championship officials. They succeeded, despite the fact that sports leaders such as Xavi, Guardiola or David Beckham They were not exempt from criticism for representing a World Cup involved in so many social and political controversies.

The World Cup will take place between November 20 and December 18 (Reuters)
The World Cup will take place between November 20 and December 18 (Reuters) (MARKO DJURICA /)

As reported by the editorial of the British media, in an attempt to curb social criticism, FIFA advised the participating teams “that your job is not to give moral lessons and that the game should not be dragged into every ideological and political battle.” In that context, they were ten European teams (including England and Wales) those who were dissatisfied assuring that “human rights are universal and apply everywhere.”

At the same time, and contrary to FIFA’s suggestion, these teams they would have asked him for two promises than six days to start the ball rolling have not been met: “a compensation fund and a center for migrant workers.”

Finally, they also confirmed that “several national captains will wear rainbow armbands to support the campaign against discrimination OneLove” in an attempt to differentiate itself from the ideology of the Asian country. “At least some players and officials are realizing that football must improve,” he said.

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