Conmebol calls for a united front in support of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

The South American Football Confederation has asked the nations to unite and leave the controversies behind for the Qatar tournament

Considering Qatarof its treatment of its citizens, numerous concerns have arisen since it was approved to house the FIFA World Cup 2022. Due to the death of migrant workers and Qatar’s strict laws against same-sex unions, many activists and athletes feel that the 2022 World Cup will be held there and it will be an embarrassment. This shows that FIFA only wants to make a profit and does not embrace diversity and inclusion.

Due to these situations, human rights defenders have pressured the players to speak out against Qatar’s treatment of migrant labour.

The comments come as FIFA called on competing nations to focus on the World Cup rather than the host nation’s concerns, as human rights and Amnesty International have denounced Qatar for human rights violations.

Qatar has been punished for its handling of same-sex relations, human rights record and migrant worker deaths. The FIFA World Cup will start on November 20 and will end on December 18.

FIFA advised all nations to focus on football rather than politics. Affirm that football should not be involved in political or ideological fights and should not receive moral lessons.

Even Conmebol has asked for cooperation ahead of the World Cup, recommending that players and spectators concentrate on the biggest sporting event, which begins on November 20.

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Human rights and LGBTQIA activists later criticized his comments, saying“Human rights are universal and apply everywhere.”

Conemdbol’s opinion on the controversy

Although Conemdbol’s opinion on the controversy was that, “Conmebol and its 10 member associations join the call for unity in world football in support of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”

“A country eager to show its hospitality and warmth, magnificent sports venues and 32 teams prepared with their greatest potential. They ensure a tournament that will undoubtedly go down in history.”

“As few times in history, human society today needs the powerful message of sport in general and football.. The most popular of them, in particular.

“This message is powerful because it is universal, it goes far beyond political or ideological bickering, temporary disagreements and occasional clashes. It is a message full of optimism, tolerance, inclusion, diversity, union.”

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Furthermore, they said, “The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is the best opportunity to consolidate the values ​​on which football is founded. Due to its scope, prestige and tradition, the World Cup multiplies the positive impact of these values.

“This is especially so in the new generations, in girls, boys and young people. Who hope and seek that football is not tainted or distorted with biased or partial visions.

“Let’s open the field to these values: effort as a path to personal improvement. The articulation of individual talent and teamwork. Respect for the rival; the competition with loyalty, and that they be protagonists during this FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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“The time has come to leave polemics and controversies behind and value and enjoy a true ecumenical party, eagerly awaited by the entire planet. Let the ball start rolling to bring happiness and emotions to everyone!”

Nations prepare a peaceful protest

Meanwhile, the participating nations prepare for a peaceful protest. England captain Harry Kane and nine other players will wear a love bracelet to support diversity and inclusion.

Denmark will wear grayed-out shirts to protest against Qatar. With the producer of the Hummel kit stating that “it won’t be obvious” and sending a message about “how it has cost thousands of lives”.

The Australian team has released a film calling on Qatar to repeal its laws banning same-sex relationships.

In the meantime, the FA has stated that if “any accident or fatality related to any construction project” occurs during the World Cup, compensation will be provided.

After all this criticism, Qatar did not remain silent and its Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, responded by saying:

“Hypocrisy”, while calls for a boycott “are being spread by a very small number of people. In 10 countries at most, which are not at all representative of the rest of the world”.

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