THE SPORT SCAN – During his press conference on Thursday, the Blues boss was asked about the latitude he allowed his players on social issues.
He is used to discussing topics that go far beyond the field. And as usual, he usually adapts to it quite easily. This did not miss this Thursday after the unveiling of his group for the four League of Nations meetings in June (Denmark, Croatia, Austria and again Croatia). Asked about Amnesty International’s desire to encourage the Blues to speak publicly about the living conditions of migrant workers in Qatar, the boss of the world champions changed his smile at the start of the press conference to regain his seriousness.
†It’s a very sensitive subject. he says first. It is not my role or the players’ role to put pressure on the FFF. The Federation, like everyone else, has taken the necessary steps to be vigilant and alert to the situation there. Didier Deschamps, who brought up the subject again through our colleague, wanted to keep it short. † I do not want to get into a media debate, that is clear, that does not prevent each individual from having and will have their freedom of expression. I don’t have the ins and outs of this file either. †
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“You will become legendary if you, as reigning world champions, help us defend and support migrants working in appalling conditions in Qatar, without whom this World Cup would never have been possible. Your talent is gold, your word should weigh just as much! † writes the NGO, adding in its press release that the French team will meet “probably these migrant workers in (his) hotel or during (his) trips between stadiums and other training places. †
Asked again about the lack of freedom of expression of these players on the subject, the two-time world champion, without ever losing his cool, wanted to make things clear. † My freedom of speech is total, but it belongs to me. (…) I’m not here to shut up, everyone can express themselves in the French team. Since I became a coach, I have shown sufficient empathy, tolerance and benevolence on many subjects.†
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