The Dutch national team made a statement against the human rights violations in Qatar on Saturday prior to the World Cup qualifying match in the Johan Cruijff ArenA against Latvia. The basic players took to the field in black shirts with Football Support Change printed on them.
Matthijs de Ligt announced at a press conference on Friday that the players would make themselves heard, but did not give any details. “It is quite a sensitive subject, but everyone at Orange agrees that things have happened in Qatar that are not possible. That is why we are making a statement for the labor migrants,” he said.
The Netherlands is not the first country to make a statement. The players of Norway wore shirts with “human rights” on and off the field in the warm-up for the game against Gibraltar on Wednesday. The basic players of Germany entered the field at the game with Iceland on Thursday in shirts with ‘human rights’ on them.
The World Cup will be held in Qatar at the end of next year. From research of The Guardian this month showed that at least 6,500 migrant workers were killed between 2010 and 2020. An unknown proportion of the victims fell during construction work on the eight new World Cup stadiums.
The Netherlands against Latvia started on Saturday at 6 p.m. and is led by French referee Stéphanie Frappart, who is the first woman to whistle a match for the Dutch team. As part of a Fieldlab test, five thousand spectators are present in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Source site www.nu.nl