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For days, German newspapers, magazines, and websites have been writing about the World Cup in Qatar, directing successive criticisms of human rights files and the rights of foreign workers, especially Asians, who participated in the greatest effort in building stadiums and infrastructure for the emirate during preparation for the World Cup. Yesterday, Sunday (November 20, 2022), the tournament started, and many official and private German websites criticized the tournament and the first match, and about what FIFA President Infantino said.

opening ceremony

The Swiss newspaper “Neue Zuricher Zeitung” wrote in an article under the headline “Football is good, singing is bad”, about the opening of the tournament:

“The openings of sports tournaments are usually distinguished by luxury. In the 2014 tournament in Brazil, the World Cup opened with a mixed show showing a Brazilian combat sport to the music of singer Jennifer Lopez. In 2018, Vladimir Putin made the English singer Robin Williams fly in the sky of the stadium, and at the opening of the World Cup Qatar was not The matter is different, as singers from all over the world sang, and international star Morgan Fairman appeared in a scene in which he repeatedly repeated the word “tolerance”.

Regarding the boycott or participation of international artists in the opening ceremony of the tournament, the newspaper wrote the following comment:

Anyone who wants to uphold the ethical standards that artists set for themselves should support a boycott of not just the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but a boycott of FIFA as a whole. The headlines surrounding the preparations for the opening ceremony show that critics often sound inconsistent or hypocritical in the controversy surrounding the Cup. World 2022. Singing is bad, playing football is good, watching football is good.”

labor rights

Die Welt wrote in an article under the title “Improvement? Only on paper” that the improvement in the conditions of migrant workers in Qatar has officially appeared.

“There is a real improvement in the labor laws towards migrant workers. Workers who had to be associated with their employer for two years can now change jobs. The kafala system has been officially abolished, and it seems that workers can obtain a minimum wage for work.” …..) However, the truth seems different, as a migrant worker to Qatar told Die Welt in mid-August that these state laws are applied only in exceptional cases and not to everyone.Unions that protect workers are not allowed in Qatar, The right to assembly is also out of the question, and the worst thing is in the workers’ dormitories.”

Sports and politics

The Berlin Zeitung newspaper interviewed former German national team midfielder Sami Khedira. On a question referring to the relationship of the German national team players to the political debate taking place and its impact on sports, Khedira replied:

“The players themselves did not choose Qatar to host the tournament, for them they are going on a business trip to Qatar, the biggest business trip they can imagine in the world of football, the FIFA World Cup.”


Most of what was discussed in the German-language European and German newspapers was the statements of FIFA President Gianni Infantine. Infantino on Saturday accused critics of Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers of “hypocrisy,” adding that cooperation was the only way to improve human rights. In drawn-out, sometimes angry remarks at the start of a press conference the day before the tournament kicked off, Infantino attacked European critics of the host nation on issues of migrant workers and gay rights. “I am European. Because of what we have done for 3,000 years all over the world, we must apologize for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons,” he said. “I find it difficult to understand the criticism. We have to invest in helping these people, in education and giving them a better future and more hope. We must all educate ourselves, many things are not perfect but reform and change takes time,” he added. “This one-sided moral lesson is sheer hypocrisy,” he went on to say.

Emir of Qatar Tamim inaugurates the World Cup, which cost Qatar about $220 billion, according to estimates

In response to his remarks, the newspaper “Süddeutdeutsche Zeitung” published in southern Germany wrote an article entitled “The biggest hypocrite is himself.” The opinion article was written in a way that contains a lot of sarcasm:

“Boycotting the World Cup is not expensive, because the tournament came at the expense of cheap labor from Bangladesh, but buying a sports shirt that costs 3 euros from Bangladeshi seamstresses is not expensive either. Things become more complicated when Infantino tries to use it to polish the face of Qatar. The ideal of double standards sits on FIFA throne.

In the same newspaper, an article was published about Amnesty International’s criticism of what the FIFA President said in his press conference, as the newspaper quoted what a spokesman for the international organization said:

“FIFA should pay for the rights of the migrant workers who made the tournament possible. The right to equality and compensation should not be treated as a cultural struggle. The workers and their families should be compensated directly from the FIFA Heritage Fund.” If FIFA wants to salvage something from this tournament, they should invest a part. More than six billion dollars.

“badge of love”

Under the heading “Germany Bows,” the German “Welt” website wrote:

“Contrary to what was planned, the German Football Association bowed and decided not to carry the captain of the national team, Manuel Neuer, the “badge of love,” which calls for equality, tolerance, respect for pluralism, and the federation’s concession to FIFA’s decision.

The site stated that FIFA threatened with a yellow card and threatened to penalize the teams in which the team captain carries this badge by deducting points.

Neuer wears the “One Love” badge.

The German “Focus” website quoted the sports director of the German national team, Bierhoff, as saying: “FIFA can take badges from us, but it will not take our values ​​from us.”

A joint statement had stated that the countries that were planning to wear the multicolored “love badge” of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, retracted this matter amid fears of sanctions by the federation. International Football Association (FIFA).

The seven European countries, including England and Germany, which signed up to the “One Love” campaign, had previously said they were ready to pay the fines. But now she confirmed: “FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear armbands on the field.” “We cannot put our players in a position that could expose them to yellow cards or even force them to leave the field,” the statement stressed.


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