The German national team set a clear signal for human rights at the beginning of the qualification for the 2022 World Cup in the heavily criticized Qatar. During the line-up for the national anthems before the duel with Iceland in Duisburg, each player wore a black T-shirt with a white letter – together the strong message was: “HUMAN RIGHTS”.
The English Guardian recently reported that since the World Cup was awarded to the emirate in 2010, more than 6,500 people have died on stadium construction sites. Qatar has been criticized for years by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International for exploiting guest workers. Most of the workers come from Nepal or India.
On Wednesday, the Norwegian national team and Borussia Dortmund’s top star Erling Haaland sent a similar message. Before their World Cup qualifier in Gibraltar (3-0), the players wore white T-shirts that read: “Human rights – on and off the pitch”.
The aim is to put pressure on the world governing body, FIFA, to act harder on Qatar, said coach Stale Solbakken. Norwegian football has been discussing a possible World Cup boycott for weeks. Instead, the German Football Association (DFB) would like to continue to focus on a critical dialogue.