Memphis Depay thinks it is great that the players from Norway and Germany took a position this week about the much-discussed World Cup in Qatar. The Orange striker would like to make a statement with several countries against the human rights violation in the host country.
“I think it’s great that they dare to speak out like that,” said Memphis. Norway wore shirts with the imprint “Human Rights, on and off the field” on Wednesday prior to the World Cup qualifying match against Gibraltar. On Thursday, the players from Germany followed with a statement. Together they formed the word “human rights”.
In doing so, the countries drew attention to the situation of the millions of labor migrants in Qatar, who have built the stadiums, among other things. From research of The Guardian it recently became apparent that more than 6,500 migrant workers have been killed in the past ten years.
“With the situation in Qatar under scrutiny, we need to see how we can express ourselves as players,” said 27-year-old Memphis. “We as players have a voice and we can use it.”
The players from Norway wore a t-shirt with a statement about human rights in Qatar to the national anthem.
Memphis would like to make a collective statement
The attacker would prefer to make a joint statement in collaboration with other national teams. “If we collectively ask for attention for this, then your message is greater than if an individual does something.”
Memphis has not yet envisioned what such a collective statement could look like as far as he is concerned. “Many variants are conceivable. We can talk about that.”
“If you are not a footballer yourself, it might be difficult to imagine, but we really live in the moment and never look ahead. We are now focused on the first game and the World Cup in Qatar is still a long way off for us” , he explains.
Memphis will play the second game in the World Cup qualification against Latvia with the Orange on Saturday (kick-off at 6 p.m. in the ArenA).
Group G World Cup qualification standings
- 1. Norway 1-3 (+3)
- 2. Turkey 1-3 (+2)
- 3. Montenegro 1-3 (+1)
- 4. Latvia 1-0 (-1)
- 5. Netherlands 1-0 (-2)
- 6. Gibraltar 1-0 (-3)
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