Two weeks before the start of the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), FIFA President Gianni Infantino and General Secretary Fatma Samoura sent a letter to all participating nations asking them to focus on the football and not to deal with the various controversies concerning the host country, such as LGBT + rights or concerns about the treatment of migrant workers.
“We know that football does not live in its own world and we are also aware that there are many challenges and difficulties of a political nature all over the world, is it written in the letter that the English media Sky Sports was able to consult. But please don’t let football be dragged into every ideological or political battle there is. »
Last week, Australian internationals denounced the “suffering” endured by migrant workers who built the infrastructure and called for the decriminalization of same-sex relationships and “a concrete solution” for those whose rights are not respected. For their part, the Danes have announced that they will go to the World Cup without their families to protest against the country’s human rights record.
“Let football take center stage
In the letter, Infantino also writes: “At FIFA, we try to respect all opinions and beliefs, without giving moral lessons to the rest of the world. One of the great strengths of the world is indeed its very diversity, and if inclusion means anything, it means respecting that diversity. No people, culture or nation is “better” than another. This principle is the cornerstone of mutual respect and non-discrimination. And it is also one of the fundamental values of football. So please let us all remember this and let football take center stage. »
FIFA President assures everyone will be welcome in Qatar “regardless of origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or nationality”.