Southgate emphasized that England cannot be silenced about human rights

England manager Gareth Southgate says his squad will not be silenced about human rights violations in Qatar despite FIFA asking all 2022 World Cup participants to focus on football.

Qatar has been in the spotlight for its poor record on LGBTQ people and women’s rights and treatment of migrant workers, especially those helping build eight stadiums to be used at the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate underlined the role of homosexual players when the England women’s national team won the European Cup earlier this year. Therefore, he emphasized that the Three Lions would not remain silent if LGBTQ supporters were targeted by the Qatari government during the 2022 World Cup.

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“As far as the LGBTQ community is concerned, we unequivocally support inclusivity,” Southgate said.

“We feel it is also important for our supporters and we recognize this to be a challenge for tournament organizers.”

“If it weren’t for that community, we wouldn’t be champions of the Women’s European Cup. That’s why they are so important to us,” she continued.

FIFA, in a letter to the participants of the 2022 World Cup, asked the team to focus on football and stop trying to provide moral education.

Under Southgate’s leadership, the England national team consistently fought against racism. The Three Lions even ignored the jeers from their own supporters when they chose to kneel against racial discrimination at the 2020 European Cup. (AFP/OL-1)