Big Controversy for the Blues

Six months before the World Cup, the silence of the players of the French team about human rights in Qatar is getting worse.

Six months before the start of the World Cup, the tension around the French team is rising. And not just because of the complexity of the challenge facing the Blues: being the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain their world title. The organization of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is far from shivering. The error in particular with the issue of human rights and the conditions of the guest workers.

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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! †Amnesty International wrote in a letter addressed to the French team, adding the NGO: “In Qatar, you are likely to encounter these migrant workers at your hotel or when traveling between stadiums and other training places. These people today are still hundreds of thousands being exploited by unscrupulous employers, without even having the right to protest their terms. In question, a retrograde organization of work, which creates a virtual servitude of those who have come to work in Qatar. †

Denmark, an example to follow

And Amnesty International hopes the French team will imitate Denmark, one of its opponents in the first round, which has decided to act to denounce the working conditions of migrants. “Are you stronger than the Danes on the field? Be just as much in your claims! Get involved by clearly expressing your solidarity, through your public speech, in a message on your social networks or by signing our petition. It would be a act of justice for those who pay a high price for this competition to exist, the NGO continued. We ask only one thing of you, and that is to rise to the pinnacle of their esteem, by clearly expressing your solidarity with those who still live in a nightmare.

It’s a very sensitive subject.

A request to which Didier Deschamps was invited to respond during his press conference on Thursday. “It is a very sensitive subject, it is not my role, nor that of the players, to put pressure on the Federation, which has taken the necessary steps to be vigilant and attentive to the situation there. I don’t want to get into a media debate, that’s for sure. This does not mean that every individual will have their freedom of expression. I don’t have the ins and outs. The FFF, the French team, like all countries, will do whatever it takes to be vigilant about this situation. I am not here to silence the players, they are free to express themselves as they please. confided the tricolor coach, who can walk on eggshells in this area.

The federation must not be silent

An answer that should not satisfy the NGO. Invited to the microphone of After Foot on RMC, Lola Schulmann, advocacy officer at Amnesty France, lamented the French Federation’s refusal to get involved in this matter. “The federation must not remain silent and must speak out on the issue of human rights violations in Qatar. The answer is that it will not be talked about publicly.she regretted, adding: “The Danes, Germans and Belgians are mobilizing. Our European colleagues and these federations are talking about what we can do about our trips to Qatar to make sure everything is okay in our hotels. They are speaking out publicly on this issue.” “Talking about human rights should not be taboo in France. You have to realize the impact of a word from Noël Le Graët”she added, hoping the FFF will change tone.

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