Erling Haaland and co take a stand against Qatar’s human rights situation by wearing powerful t-shirts on and off the field, pleading for ‘respect’ for the World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar
- Norway wore t-shirts with the text ‘Human rights on and off the field’ before the match
- Manager Stale Solbakken wore a shirt asking for ‘respect’ in a nod to Qatar 2022
- There is a debate in Norway as to whether they should boycott the event
The Norwegian national team took a stand against Qatar’s human rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar on Wednesday.
Erling Haaland and his teammates stood arm in arm for the national anthem wearing white t-shirts that simply read, “Human rights – on and off the field.”
A revealing study last month by the Guardian detailed how 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since they were awarded World Cup host status by FIFA.
Norway wore t-shirts protesting the human rights record of the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar
Manager Stale Solbakken wore a shirt that demanded more ‘respect’ when Norway took a stand
There has been a major debate in Norway in recent weeks over whether the national team should choose to boycott the 2022 World Cup because of their human rights record.
Manager Stale Solbakken, wearing a shirt that read ‘Respect – on and off the field’, dealt with the matter before the game, which Norway won 3-0.
“It’s about putting pressure on FIFA to be even more direct and even tougher with the authorities in Qatar and to impose stricter requirements,” he said.
Players wore the shirts during warm-up after feeling compelled to try to bring about change
Norwegian captain Martin Odegaard spoke on behalf of the players and their feelings about the struggle for workers.
“I have the impression that many (players) are interested in this, care about it and want to do something to contribute in a good way,” said the Arsenal lender.
Norwegian top club Tromso started the discussion about boycotting the tournament by the national team and since then several other clubs have followed suit.
Solbakken later added to Norwegian TV2, ‘This is a little bit of what we talked about, to emphasize some of that that was being discussed off the field.
Captain Martin Odegaard said the players ‘care’ and want to contribute to change
“The boys were eager to do this and I am an example of this.”
The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) has set up a committee to investigate the concerns of clubs and players a year after the World Cup.
According to the union, the committee will look at what the country “should do to respond to the way Qatar treats human rights in the country, including studying, assessing and determining what tool Norwegian football will use for its response.”