Fifa has written to all 32 teams competing at the World Cup to tell them the time has come to “focus on the football”. The tournament which is to kick start on the 20th of this month in Qatar on 20 November, has been surrounded by controversies.
Fifa Sounds Strong Warning to LGBTQ Countries Playing the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Qatar has been criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers as well. Peaceful protests have been planned by some players. England and ’Tottenham’s skipper Harry Kane and nine other captains of European teams will be wearing the one love armbands to show support for it.
Denmark will wear the toned-down shirt for the World Cup to protest against Qatar – their kit provider Hummel said it “does not wish to be visible” in a tournament it claims “has cost thousands of lives”.
Paris, and other French cities, are refusing to screen World Cup matches in public areas, despite France being the defending champions. Australia’s squad has also released a video urging Qatar to abolish its laws on same-sex relationships.