With the approaching of the World Cup in Qatar, the opposition and controversy over Qatar hosting the World Cup are also intensifying among the players. Today, the 35-year-old French captain Hugo Lloris made a “headwind” remark during an interview, not only revealing the problems faced by the players in the current situation, but also expressing a more focused view on football.
“Open opposition to the World Cup host country puts a lot of pressure on the players”
It is well known that since Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in 2010, the severe human rights deprivation has caused the death of thousands of foreign workers, and this Middle Eastern country with Islam as the state religion has caused considerable concern about the human rights stance of women and LGBTQ+.
With less than a week before the World Cup kicks off, as the national teams set off for Qatar to prepare for the game, many people pay attention to the players’ stance on human rights issues and women’s LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar. Portugal’s midfielder Bruno Fernandes questioned Qatar’s decision as host country yesterday.
Lloris told reporters today that players are under great pressure to openly oppose Qatar, because players still need to pay attention to the game, and obviously they are too busy to take care of themselves.
“Players have to focus on football, politicians take care of the rest”
In addition, Lloris agrees with the view that FIFA sent a letter to the 32 participating countries last week, urging them to focus on football rather than politics.
Lloris revealed: “Players have too little voice and power in the political level, and when they are ready for the World Cup, they are already powerless to speak out, and they should be pressured to oppose it 10 years ago.
For players, the World Cup is a quadrennial event, and we as footballers must focus on the pitch and leave the rest to politicians. ”
Hints not to wear armbands at Qatar World Cup against discrimination
At the same time, Loris hinted that he would not be involved in the 10 national team captains who will wear rainbow-colored armbands embroidered with the words “One Love” at the World Cup to fight discrimination and show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar.
According to FIFA’s regulations, teams are prohibited from bringing their own armband equipment into the World Cup stadium, and must use the equipment provided by the National Football Federation to compete.
Lloris said that wearing the rainbow-colored armband requires the approval of FIFA and the French Football Association, but he prefers to respect Qatar rather than go to the place to teach them.
According to the schedule, France will travel to Qatar in the near future and face Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D on November 23.