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Germany’s Philipp Lahm boycotts Qatar World Cup

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Aug-10 23:07 first published at 23:07 PM


Philipp Lahm, a Bayern Munich legend, has announced his intention to boycott the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
In 2010, the Middle Eastern country was controversially awarded football’s biggest international tournament. According to The Guardian, since winning the right to host the competition in 2021, over 6,500 migrant workers have died in the Gulf state.

Lahm, who led his country to World Cup victory in 2014, has made the moral decision not to attend the tournament later this year. He has questioned why it is being held in a country with such a poor record on human rights. The legendary defender told the German magazine Kicker: “I’m not a member of the delegation, and I’m not interested in flying there as a fan. I’d rather watch the tournament from home.

“Human rights should be prioritized when awarding a tournament. If a country is awarded the contract that is one of the worst performers in this regard, you start to think about the criteria used to make the decision.”
He continued: “That should not happen in the future. Human rights, sustainability, and the size of the country appear to have played no role.”
Lahm also called for senior international stars to follow in his footsteps, as he stated: “As a player, you can’t get around it anymore.”

England’s World Cup boycott is off the table, according to Gareth Southgate.
The controversies surrounding the upcoming tournament have received a lot of attention, with several countries discussing boycotts.

However, when England manager Gareth Southgate was asked about the issue in March, he questioned what good a boycott of the tournament would do. Southgate told Sky Sports: “I don’t really know what that achieves. It would be a big story, but the tournament would go ahead. The fact, unfortunately, is the biggest issue, which is non-religious and non-cultural, is what happened with the building of the stadiums and there is nothing we can do about that either, sadly. ” We have known for eight years that this is going to be in Qatar. Is the stance against Qatar as a country? We are intertwined, as we are seeing with Russia, with all sorts of investment in this country.”
He added:

“This is complicated. The issues themselves aren’t complicated; all the repercussions of diplomatic relations and dealing with other countries and other organisations are extremely complicated.”

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Qatar on November 21.

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