Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos says it is ‘wrong’ for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup because of their human rights record … but insists that boycotting next year’s tournament would NOT be the best thing to do to do
- Germany has taken a position to raise awareness of the human rights situation in Qatar
- Toni Kroos is currently out of Germany’s line-up due to an injury
- The Real Madrid man doesn’t believe a 2022 boycott is the answer
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has questioned why Qatar has been granted host rights to the 2022 World Cup, but has rejected the idea of a boycott to raise awareness of the treatment of immigrant workers.
A report released last month by the Guardian revealed how 6,500 migrant workers have died since Qatar was given World Cup host status. Qatar is building a variety of infrastructure to host the tournament, which is scheduled to start on November 21 next year.
Players from Germany, Norway and the Netherlands have taken a stand during the latest round of international matches by speaking out at press conferences, standing arm in arm and wearing t-shirts with bold slogans.
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos have spoken out on the debate surrounding Qatar’s host of the 2022 World Cup amid their human rights record
The run-up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been marred by the death of labor migrants
Germany wore powerful sweaters that spoke ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ in their own protest
Kroos is not part of the current line-up in Germany due to an injury, but was questioned about his take on his brother’s podcast.
“I think it is wrong that this tournament was given to Qatar,” said Kroos.
‘Labor migrants have to deal with temperatures below a scorching 50 degrees for days without rest, they have to contend with insufficient nutrition, without drinking water and with crazy temperatures. All these points are absolutely unacceptable. ‘
But the playmaker doesn’t think boycotting the tournament next year would be the right response.
Would a boycott serve to improve working conditions? I don’t think so, ”said Kroos. ‘Football always attracts extreme attention. Whether before or during the tournament. ‘
Since 2017, Qatar has enacted several reforms to benefit migrant workers, including the removal of the Kalafa system, which tied workers to their employer, meaning they could not leave their jobs regardless of the abuse they had undergone.
And in 2019, FIFA developed a sustainability strategy for the tournament, setting out “ambitious plans to maximize the tournament’s contribution to people’s well-being and economic development.”
But Amnesty and other rights groups insist that reforms have not been properly implemented and that “thousands of migrant workers are still being exploited.”
FIFA used its annual report earlier this month to greet progress on workers’ rights.
Norway’s t-shirts read “next?” after several nations joined them to protest the issue
Qatar World Cup will be one of the most compact ever with all stadiums within a 35 mile radius
Since the 2022 FIFA World Cup was awarded to Qatar, there has been a great collective effort from the local authorities, our partner the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy [a government body] and the International Labor Organization to bring about positive change, ” said Gianni Infantino, FIFA President.
“And we are very pleased to see that this has translated into concrete major progress in the area of workers’ rights.”
The German World Cup qualifying campaign will resume on Wednesday evening when they play against North Macedonia.