World Cup 2022: DFB adopts official position on host Qatar

The German Football Association (DFB) has drawn up an official position paper on the controversial World Cup host Qatar and continues to rely on dialogue instead of boycott.

After its meeting on Friday, the DFB Presidium emphasized the conviction “that sport can build bridges across political, religious and cultural boundaries and create the basis for improvement. The DFB understands that the World Cup as a motor for positive development Qatar can contribute. ” At the same time, the DFB Presidium adopted a human rights policy.

“It is important to take a clear position on the subject of human rights. This has also been shown by the reactions to the important actions of our national team around the first qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,” said DFB President Fritz Keller: “We now have with the Human rights policy and the position paper on Qatar developed an official position. ” He also emphasized: “Human rights are universally valid and non-negotiable. All over the world. We stand for that.”

The human rights policy and the position paper were drawn up with sports organizations, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, the federal government and fan organizations, among others. Respect for all internationally recognized human rights had already been included in the DFB statutes at the DFB Bundestag 2019. As part of the last qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the national team took various actions to draw attention to the human rights situation in the emirate.

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