Football News: Qatar football chief Nasser Al Khattar has asked Gareth Southgate to pick his words carefully. This has been requested after the England manager’s comments on the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has been marred by a lot of controversies since it was announced. The then FIFA president Sepp Blatter was accused of accepting bribes in order to award the World Cup to Qatar.
The World Cup was also moved from the general summer schedule to a winter schedule in 2022. Owing to this, it will begin in November. This decision was taken due to the harsh summer conditions in Qatar.
Apart from this, there have also been questions regarding human rights. Multiple reports have suggested that the workers that have arrived from South East Asia have been treated poorly and many have even died due to the working conditions.
Football News: What has happened?
As per the Daily Mail, England manager Gareth Southgate had expressed his disappointment that a few fans were boycotting the World Cup. He added that he did understand their decision and respected it as well.
When asked if the England team was looking to boycott the World Cup as well, Southgate stated that there were no such plans. The manager further claimed that whatever decision the team takes, someone would certainly criticize them for it.
Nasser Al Khattar, the Qatar football chief was questioned over Gareth Southgate’s comments. To this, Al Khattar replied that the England manager has made his assumptions by just reading online rather than visiting the country itself.
The Qatar chief added, “Somebody with a lot of influence such as Southgate, somebody with a big audience that listens to what he has said has got to pick his words carefully.”
Qatar’s laws are quite strict on homosexuality and the country does not recognize marriage between the same sex. The country’s laws about women are also constructive to the English media.
But the biggest concern for the boycott has been the conditions of the workers who built the stadiums. They had to reportedly work overtime, were not given proper shelters, and did not even have water breaks as peak temperature hit 50°C.
When is the FIFA World Cup 2022 draw?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 draw will take place in Qatar on 1st April 2022. The England manager Gareth Southgate along with delegates from other countries have travelled to Qatar for the same.
Naser Al Khattar has hence claimed that he would himself be willing to show Gareth Southgate around to clear the manager’s doubts about the conditions. Hence it has to be seen if the England manager’s stance changes after he visits Qatar.