Guest of RTL this Thursday evening, Jean-Luc Mélenchon rebelled against the organization of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after the death of thousands of people on the construction sites. The president of the group La France rebellious to the National Assembly would be in favor of a boycott: “We cannot play football on corpses”, he justifies.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate, estimated this Thursday that the players of the France team had “nothing to give a fuck” in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, because “we can not play football on the corpses”.
“Yes, if there was a battle for the boycott, I would participate in it, but I do not have many illusions. It is a shame what is being done there. 6,500 people died on the construction sites. It’s awful how they treat people, ”said Mélenchon on RTL, referring to a recent investigation by the British daily The Guardian.
Qatar has come under fire from human rights organizations for its treatment of migrant workers, many of them exploited and working in dangerous conditions, according to these organizations, on construction sites linked to the upcoming FIFA World Cup. world 2022.
But the country, assured a Qatari government official on Wednesday, “has made tangible progress on labor reform” and intends to “make a comprehensive labor reform a major part of the legacy of the World-2022”. “Qatar is the financier of all kinds of anti-French activities in Africa. They participate in the arming and organization of Islamic militias which then shoot at us,” added Mr. Mélenchon.
“You can’t play football on corpses”
Should the France team go there? “That, there are sports federations to discuss it. Me, I think that a French has nothing to give a fuck there. But after, well, it is me. (…) Yes, guys, I tell you not to go. We cannot play football on corpses, we cannot play football with violent, narrow-minded obscurantists like those we have here “, concluded the president of the group La France rebellious. (BIA) to the Assembly.
The national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) Julien Bayou called on Wednesday to boycott the 2022 World Cup. But the French football team “will go to Qatar if it qualifies” for the World Cup, assured the March 9 to AFP the president of the Federation Noël Le Graët, dismissing the hypothesis of a boycott.
On Wednesday, German Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos openly criticized Qatar, citing “workers’ conditions” and “the fact that homosexuality is penalized and punished” in this country, while speaking out against it. ‘a boycott.