Germany follows Norway’s lead by using T-shirts to protest World Cup hosts Qatar’s human rights record with t-shirts before qualifying in Iceland wins … as Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka promises fans the squad will ‘NOT do it ignore’
- The German squad came together for a strong statement against Qatar
- Players lined up in black t-shirts to spell ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ before the game
- Midfielder Leon Goretzka revealed that the team spoke about the problems in Qatar
- Germany’s position follows Norway, which took its own position on Wednesday
Germany became the second team to protest Qatar’s human rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with Joachim Low’s side producing a powerful T-shirt message.
Norway took matters into its own hands on Wednesday when Erling Haaland and Co wore T-shirts ahead of their qualifying match against Gibraltar, calling for more respect.
Low’s side followed the lead of the Nordic country with a protest of their own in the moments before they faced Iceland in their first 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Germany wore powerful t-shirts that read ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ in their protest against Qatar
Midfielder Leon Goretzka said the squad will ‘not ignore’ Qatar’s human rights record
A German side, including Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, wore black T-shirts, each with a corresponding letter on it.
Players then stood arm in arm to spell ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ in a clear stance against the treatment of workers in Qatar prior to the World Cup.
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. The actual death toll remains unclear.
Fan groups in Germany have called for action from Low’s side on human rights in Qatar, and they listened – and acted – ahead of their victory over Iceland.
A poll by popular German outlet Der Spiegel concluded that 68 percent of people believe the boycott of Qatar 2022 is “about right” or “completely right.”
Norway wore t-shirts on Wednesday evening protesting the human rights record in Qatar
It then found that 83 percent of those entitled to vote said it is a mistake to hold the World Cup in Qatar.
Bayern Munich and German midfielder Leon Goretzka said of the human rights campaign: “We have a great platform to stand up for our values. The message is pretty clear.
‘We talked about it within the team. We have the World Cup ahead of us and want to make it clear to society that we will not ignore it. ‘
It was a strong show of solidarity that keeps FIFA under pressure, just 24 hours after Norway brought the story back into focus.
In recent weeks, there has been a major debate in Norway over whether the national team should choose to boycott the 2022 World Cup because of Qatar’s 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.
Manager Stale Solbakken wore a shirt that demanded more ‘respect’ when Norway took a stand
Martin Odegaard said the Norwegian players ‘care’ and want to contribute to change
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.
“The boys were eager to do this and I am an example of this.”
Human rights organization Amnesty International this week sent a letter to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who put pressure on football’s governing body.
FIFA “has a responsibility to mitigate the human rights risks arising from the increase in sales in these related industries created by the tournament,” their letter said.
At the very least, this means that FIFA must use its full leverage to urge Qatar to urgently implement and enforce the government’s own reforms to ensure that the labor rights of all migrant workers are met. protected. ‘