World Cup 2022: Ten European associations respond to FIFA’s letter demanding ‘focus on football’

England captain Harry Kane will wear a badge "one love" "One Love" In the World Cup in Qatar

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England captain Harry Kane will wear the ‘One Love’ badge at the World Cup in Qatar

Ten European football federations, including those of England and Wales, say “human rights are universal and apply everywhere” after FIFA asked countries competing in the World Cup in Qatar to “focus now on football”.

FIFA wrote to all 32 teams after the controversial preparations for the tournament, which begins on 20 November.

Qatar, which is hosting the World Cup, has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record, and its treatment of migrant workers.

FIFA’s letter has been criticized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and LGBT activists in England and Wales.

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