Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Louis van Gaal, coach of the Netherlands national team, said that Dutch fans are right to boycott the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar, due to human rights concerns, according to Reuters.
Van Gaal spoke to reporters during a press conference about boycotting the World Cup in its twenty-second edition, saying: “They are right to do so, but I hope that we will play very well so that at the end of the tournament when we play the final, they will see on TV how amazing we are,” he said.
The Netherlands coach reiterated his assertion that Qatar should not host the World Cup, adding: “The country is too small for a tournament that includes 32 teams. Hosting should be limited to the major countries that play football,” as he put it.
He continued, “We must play the World Cup in the most experienced country in the game of football,” he said.
Despite this, Van Gaal praised the facilities in Qatar: “The training ground we have couldn’t be better, the hotel and the organization were fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the tournament but the most important thing is that the players feel the same.”
The former coach of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona classified his team as the favorite to lift the World Cup title.
And the “mills” coach continued: “I think we do not have the best players in the world in our team, but I believe in team building and tactics, and we have players who can implement the tactical plan.”
The Netherlands national team will play Senegal on November 21, in the first round matches in the group stage, and it is expected that there will be 3,000 Dutch fans in Qatar.