Qatar 2022 World Cup chief executive Nasser Al-Khater requested a meeting with Gareth Southgate after the England manager admitted he was unhappy that some fans would not feel safe coming to the tournament following concerns over human rights concerns in the country.
Homosexuality is illegal in the Gulf state and there are also concerns over women’s rights. Meanwhile, an Amnesty International report found thousands of migrant workers in the country were being exploited. The report was immediately denied by the Qatari government.
Southgate, in March, said it was ‘deeply embarrassing’ that the issue prevented fans from going to the World Cup by highlighting women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community.
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“A person with a lot of influence, like Southgate, someone with a large audience who listens to what he has to say, has to choose his words very carefully,” Al-Khater told Sky Sports, quoted Wednesday (31/3).
“And, I think before making a statement like that, when it comes to workers, he needs to come here and talk to workers and understand what workers gain from being here.”
The draw for the World Cup will be held in Doha on Friday (1/4) and Al-Khater said he would like a chance to discuss the matter with Southgate.
“So I hope to welcome him here. I hope to meet him at the draw and he can hear my opinion. He doesn’t have to believe it, but at least he has to go that far to understand the differences of opinion and different cultures.” (Ant/OL-1)