The Mondial-2022 will be avoided on television by almost half of the French

The Mondial-2022 will be avoided on television by almost half of the French

The Mondial-2022 will be avoided on television by almost half of the French

The Lusail Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup final in December, on the outskirts of Doha (Qatar).
MUSTAFA ABUMUNES / AFP via Getty Images The Lusail Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup final in December, on the outskirts of Doha (Qatar).

MUSTAFA ABUMUNES / AFP via Getty Images

The Lusail Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup final in December, on the outskirts of Doha (Qatar).

FOOTBALL – World Cup Offside. With the approach of the World Cup to be held in November in Qatar, the NGO Amnesty International published, this Thursday, September 15, a study carried out with YouGov from which it emerges that almost half of the French think they are sulking at the spread of the event.

For several months now, the 2022 World Cup has been heavily criticized, in particular for its failure to respect the human rights of workers and its impact on the environment. Amnesty International’s study, conducted on 17,000 adults from 15 countries, reveals that 48% of French people will ignore the 2022 World Cup on television. A similar proportion to the other countries that were interviewed.

48% of the French and Éric Cantona

A few days before the publication of this study, the former French national striker Éric Cantona shared a statement on these social networks in which he explained that he too would boycott the 2022 World Cup. In particular, he stressed “An ecological aberration with all these air-conditioned stadiums” thereby “what a human horror”. Philipp Lahm, the former Bayern Munich player and chairman of the organizing committee of Euro 2024 in Germany, also said he will not travel to Qatar.

The newspaper il Journal of Réunion announced on the front page, Tuesday, September 13, that it will not cover the competition. ” Without us “, “In the name of its values, Le Quotidien boycots the 2022 World Cup”, headlined the newspaper.

Amnesty International however, he is not calling for a boycott. After publishing a documentary showing the sad reality of the World Cup, the NGO has published a petition online asking the French Football Association (FFF) ” act concretely to respect the rights of migrant workers in Qatar.

Another interesting fact from the study: 73% of global respondents want FIFA to use part of their income to give financed compensation to workers at the 2022 World Cup. The most interesting thing is that people who go to see the matches are even more actively supporting the idea of ​​compensation for immigrant workers “Amnesty International spokesperson Lola Schulmann said in the report.

“Fifa still has time to do what it has to do”, commented in a statement Steve Cockburn, head of the social and economic justice program at Amnesty. “The fans don’t want a World Cup contaminated (…) by human rights violations. “

In a statement sent to AFP, FIFA “take note” of this survey and insists “The measures implemented in recent years by (it) and its partners in Qatar to protect workers”.

“Workers were paid in various forms when companies did not respect welfare standards” of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the Mondial-2022, assures Fifa. “These measures were complemented by those taken by the Ministry of Labor to enforce Qatar’s labor laws and provide access to remedies. ” The governing body of world football says so “Will continue (his) efforts”.

In an interview with the French weekly Point unveiled Wednesday night (only his third formal interview since coming to power in 2013), the Emir of Qatar also spoke on the matter.

“We realized we had a problem with construction work and we took strong measures in record time. We changed the law and punish anyone who mistreats an employee; we have opened our doors to NGOs and we collaborate with them. We are proud of it “says Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

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