The long-time football official Andreas Rettig initiated a large-scale protest for human rights at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. As an example, he cites a joint campaign against homophobia and racism.
It would be a “great sign”, as the 57-year-old former DFL managing director said Hamburger Morgenpost emphasized, “if all participating nations integrate the rainbow flag into their jerseys, all players warm up with the likeness of George Floyd and all officials and political elected officials kneel down in the stadiums while playing the anthems.”
Rettig described his vision as “a dream” and does not expect the much-criticized World Cup to be canceled next winter. The award to Qatar sharply condemned Rettig, the world governing body FIFA should at least have insisted on the observance of human rights.
It remains to be hoped that the wave of outrage and resistance does not subside, added Rettig, who last worked for FC St. Pauli until September 2019: “Either way, the number of dead in Qatar is a memorial and a sign that the bosses of football are walking over dead bodies – for their goals, for their money. “