Gareth Southgate promises to give England stars lessons on Qatar’s human rights record, after extensively ‘educating’ himself, with Harry Kane and Co considering public protests ahead of next year’s World Cup
- England players are considering protests over Qatar’s human rights record
- The Three Lions qualified for next year’s World Cup in a 10-0 win over San Marino
- Gareth Southgate says players will be ‘educated’ before the tournament starts
- Holland, Norway and Germany have all made public protests this year
- Qatar has faced fierce criticism over the treatment of migrant workers
Gareth Southgate insists the England camp will ‘educate’ themselves before deciding whether to protest Qatar’s human rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
England have qualified for the tournament in the Middle Eastern nation following their emphatic 10-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino on Monday.
With little more than a year to go until Qatar 2022, the country’s treatment of migrant workers building infrastructure including stadiums for the tournament has faced fierce criticism.
England players are considering public protests over Qatar’s human rights record
It was previously reported that players will discuss how they can air their views on the situation after they sealed qualification for the World Cup.
Speaking after the game against San Marino, Southgate said: ‘We have to go and work with people and represent the country in a foreign land and when you are doing that you have got to be 100 per cent sure of your facts.
‘That’s not easy because it’s hard to work through what is current and what is historic. We have a responsibility to represent our country in the right way.
England will compete in Qatar after qualifying for the World Cup with their win over San Marino
Gareth Southgate insists the England camp will ‘educate’ themselves ahead of Qatar 2022
‘There are clear cultural differences between the two nations. It is hugely complex but we will take the time to educate ourselves and if we feel there are areas we can highlight and help, we have always tried to do that and we will do that.’
Over the weekend, the Mail on Sunday revealed that the state is sending immigrant World Cup workers away from the country early and placing them on five months’ unpaid leave so they will not be visible during the tournament.
The Holland, Norway and Germany national squads have all made high-profile protests ahead of the tournament and there have been calls for Southgate’s team to follow suit.
Amnesty International called on England’s coaching staff, players and supporters to raise human rights issues before it gets underway in a year’s time.
As reported by the BBC, chief executive Sacha Deshmukh said: The exploitation of Qatar’s massive migrant workforce has already cast a dark shadow over next year’s World Cup.
‘The Football Association ought to use the remaining year until kick-off to push for lasting labour reforms in Qatar. It is part of the Uefa Working Group on Workers’ Rights in Qatar and can press the Doha authorities over strengthening migrant worker protections, investigating worker deaths and helping to fashion a tournament with a genuinely positive legacy.
Qatar has faced fierce criticism over treatment of migrant workers ahead of the tournament
Holland, Norway and German (pictured) have all made public protests this year
‘It’s more important than ever that England’s coaching staff, players and supporters raise human rights issues ahead of next year’s kick-off.’
Meanwhile, David Beckham who signed a multi-million deal with the Qataris to be the ‘face’ of the World Cup, is facing pressure to reverse his decision.
One year out from the tournament kick-off, Beckham is due in Doha this weekend for the Qatar Grand Prix and now faces uncomfortable questions when he starts promoting the World Cup.
Senior sources at Unicef, a key part of his charity work for 15 years, are ‘dismayed’ by Beckham signing a multi-million-pound deal with the Qataris. Reports have suggested Beckham will be paid £150m across the next 10 years.
David Beckham has faced calls to reverse his decision to be the ‘face’ of the World Cup
Amnesty said he should use his position to ‘keep the world’s focus on the human rights issues surrounding the matches’ at next year’s World Cup.
Ahead of the game with San Marino, Conor Coady, who is part of the England squad’s leadership committee, said that he was sure conversations over potential action would be taken after they sealed their qualification.
He added: ‘An incredible thing that comes out of this England squad is that people try to make a difference all the time. People are trying to use that platform. If there is any way players can help, I am sure we as part of the England setup will try to do that.’
He added: ‘At the minute it is tough to speak about it because it is not something we have had a real conversation about.
‘Over the next few months it’s something we’ll have a conversation about, as players, as a team, as individuals and really look at what’s going on.’