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Norway denounces the situation of the workers of the Qatar World Cup and considers boycotting it


The internationals took to the grass for their match against Gibraltar wearing a shirt with the message “Respect, on and off the pitch”.

Haaland, with the shirt “respect, on and off the field”REUTERS
“Respect, on and off the pitch”: With that message on their shirts, the Norwegian footballers denounced this Wednesday before their match in Gibraltar at the start of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, the situation of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of that final phase next year.

Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard and his teammates showed a white shirt with those words in black while the hymns sounded, before the start of the match at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

On Tuesday, his coach had declared that his team was going to “put pressure on FIFA to be even more direct, even firmer, before the Qatari authorities, and to impose stricter demands “, without revealing what was the gesture intended for it. Odeegard, captain of the team, explained that” many (players) are interested in the subject, they care and want to do something to try to contribute “to an improvement in the situation.

6,500 dead since 2010

Several Norwegian clubs defend that Norway boycott the Qatar World Cup 2022 after the revelations of the British newspaper The Guardian about what more than 6,500 migrant workers have died there since the tournament venue was awarded in 2010.

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Norwegian football will examine such a possible boycott in a Congress on June 20. According to a poll published Monday in the newspaper World Gang (VG), 55% of Norwegians believe that their country should boycott the event, while 20% are against this measure.

Norway, which has not participated in the final phase of a major men’s football competition since Euro 2000, is part of Group G of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, along with the Netherlands, Turkey, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar.

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