Jurgen Klopp unhappy with players bearing the burden of taking a stand in Qatar

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists it is wrong that players at the next World Cup are being asked to take a stand against the problems in Qatar because a closer look should have taken place before.

FIFA sent a letter to all nations competing at the tournament from the end of the month asking them to focus on football and not get involved in a number of social and human rights issues that have been raised since the country hosted the event 12 years ago. .

Thousands of migrant workers are believed to have died building World Cup infrastructure while homosexuality is banned in Qatar.

England captain Harry Kane wears OneLove armband

England captain Harry Kane will wear a OneLove armband in Qatar (The FA)

England captain Harry Kane will wear the OneLove armband to support the LGBTQ+ community at the World Cup, but Klopp says it’s wrong to ask participants to make bold statements when he thinks he doesn’t. there haven’t been enough questions asked about the decision to award the World Cup. in Qatar in the first place.

“We all know how it happened and how you can still let it happen and there’s nothing legal after that?” said the Liverpool manager, who stressed he would take a holiday rather than go to the World Cup.

“It has nothing to do with Qatar, they won the World Cup, but the minute you put it there, everything that followed was clear and everyone involved should have known that.

“And we later talk about human rights and people having to work there in circumstances that were, to put it mildly, ‘difficult’.

“You couldn’t play there in the summer because it was quite hot. And there wasn’t a single stadium in Qatar, or maybe one, so you have to build them.

“The (stadiums) don’t just (appear) and all of a sudden it’s, ‘look at the new stadium’. It’s not Aladdin with the miracle lamp.

“It can make you angry, how not to do it? Again, I look at it from a footballing point of view and I don’t like the fact that players, from time to time, find themselves in a situation where they have to send a message.

“You (the media) should have sent a message, not that it was in Qatar, but about the circumstances. And there we are guilty.

“And now you tell the players they have to wear that armband and if you don’t you’re not on their side or if you do then you’re on (the other) side.

“The other guys (FIFA) say, ‘Please don’t make political statements.’ That’s not ok.

“No, they are footballers, it’s a tournament and the players go there and do their best for their country.”

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