The Fifa World Cup, 2022 will be held in Qatar and the organization has told the 32 teams that will be competing in the tournament to keep their minds fixed on playing the game and nothing else.
The tournament’s host country, Qatar and its governemnt, has been under a lot of pressure following all the major controversies related to political, social norms and stability.
The Fifa World Cup is going to take place soon and Fifa has taken the initiative to tell the teams of different nations that are qualified to play at this year’s tournament to “focus on the football.”
Qatar has been chosen as the venue for this year’s Fifa World Cup. The tournament is ‘kick-starting’ on November 20, 2022.
32 teams have cleared the preliminary rounds and will be competing amongst themselves for the trophy and try to win this year’s main Fifa tournament.
As mentioned, all of the 32 teams or nations that will be competing at the tournament have received a written document from Fifa asking the teams to place their focus on playing the game right and to not be disrupted nor dismayed by any other matter.
There has been a lot of controversy following the Fifa World Cup, 2022. Several of these controversies are a result of the tournament being held in Qatar.
The country is under fire for its condemning viewpoint and laws on the idea of Homosexual partnerships, the history of human rights in the country and social matters related to the ill-treatment of immigrant workers or labourers in Qatar.
Some of the players of the different teams or nations are not very keen about Qatar’s viewpoints on the aforesaid delicate matters. These players have decided to rally and form a peaceful protest against the organization and the country.
In support of Homosexuality, a “One Love” armband will be worn by England’s Harry Kane and a total of nine other captains belonging to European teams.
Even the team over at Australia are requesting for the abolishment of Qatar’s laws concerning same-sex relationships or marriages.
As for the issue concerning the treatment of migrant workers, the team of Denmark will don “toned down” shirts as a sign of agitation against Qatar. Kit provider, Hummel said that it doesn’t want to be associated with Fifa for allowing the deaths of thousands of lives.
In spite of the fact that they are the leading victors, the French have taken vows to not screen the matches in public spaces.
On Thursday, England’s Beth Mead said that he was not happy about the tournament being held in Qatar. As an openly gay person, Mead does not feel like Qatar is the right choice for the tournamnet to be held in.
There is also the issue of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia has been banned from participating in the game and the Ukrainian FA demands that Iran be banned from the tournament also for “systematic human rights violations”.
It maintains a clampdown on protests in the country “may violate the principles and norms” of the organization.
The organizers of the tournament over at Qatar says that there will be no discrimantion or prejudice against anyone and that all are welcome to stop by the country to watch the game.
“Everyone is welcome regardless of origin, background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality”, said the written document that was handed to the 32 teams and signed by Gianni Infantino, the President of Fifa and Fatma Samoura, the General Secretary.
There have also been complaints filed against the organization for the mistreatment of immigrant workers or labourers. As reported by the Guardian in 2021, around 6500 foreign workers died in the country after it won its World Cup proposal in 2010.
These migrating labourers who died hailed from countries such as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
In response to these allegations, the Qatari government denied the claims and said that the aggregate was not factual.
According to the government, the total number of deaths recorded did not come from a reliable source because it also covered the deaths of people who were not working on or a part of projects related to the Fifa World Cup.
Considering the death toll on the construction of the World Cup stadium, the Qatari government said that between 2014 and 2020, there had been 37 labourers who died at the World Cup stadium construction sites.
Out of the 37 deaths, only three were verified to be “work-related” deaths.