Toni Kroos openly criticizes Qatar on human rights

“I find that the attribution of the World Cup in Qatar was not a good thing, for several reasons”, explains the 2014 world champion in the edition of his podcast dated March 30 (https: // einfach-mal-, which he made with his brother Felix.

“The first reason is the conditions of the workers (…) then the fact that homosexuality is penalized and punished in Qatar (…) and also that it is not a football country”, explains the player. 31 years old.

In Qatar, according to the law, sodomy is punishable by three years in prison, but cases of prosecution are rare.

“Many workers (…) work without a break, in temperatures that can reach 50 degrees (…) they sometimes suffer from a lack of food or drinking water, which is madness by these temperatures, they do not ‘have no medical coverage, and some violence is exercised against these workers, these are points that are naturally unacceptable, “said the footballer.

“Qatar supports the right of footballers (…) to use their platforms to promote human rights,” retorted a Qatari government official on Wednesday, “but these criticisms (…) are not aimed fair”.

Qatar, the official said, “has made tangible progress on labor reform and is committed to continuing this process with its international partners (…) and remains committed to making comprehensive labor reform a part major legacy of the World-2022 “.

The country has come under fire from human rights organizations for its treatment of migrant workers, many of whom are exploited and working in dangerous conditions, according to these organizations, on construction sites linked to the upcoming FIFA World Cup. world 2022.

On the often asked question of a boycott of the competition, Toni Kroos is rather against, believing that “the visibility of the World Cup can draw even more attention to these problems”, and that ultimately “a boycott does not would probably not change much to the situation of the workers on the spot “.

In recent days, the teams of Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Germany have already made gestures of protest during their respective qualifying matches, in particular by wearing T-shirts with messages on human rights.


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