World Cup 2022: FIFA asks countries participating in the World Cup in Qatar to “focus on football”

  • Laura Scott
  • BBC Sport

World Cup in Qatar

photo released, GABRIEL BOUYS

The International Football Association (FIFA) sent a message to all the teams participating in the World Cup, asking them to “focus on football.”

A great deal of controversy arose over the tournament, which will start in Qatar on November 20, as Doha has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relations, its human rights record, and its treatment of migrant workers.

Some players planned peaceful protests, and England player Harry Kane and nine other European captains will wear the “One Love” badges, which support gays.

Denmark’s players will wear T-shirts expressing a kind of protest. Sportswear company Hummel, which supplies the Danish national team, also said it “does not want to appear” at the tournament, which it claims “has claimed thousands of lives”.

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