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Coach Felix Sanchez refuses to explain why Qatar did not take a knee

Wed 31 March 2021 | 10:48

The Qatar manager refused to talk about his squad not taking a knee before their friendly clash against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

Felix Sanchez

was quizzed about not taking a knee and the human rights of the country ahead of the 2022-23 World Cup finals, after their 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland.

The Qatari press officer spoke instead and said:

“Let me answer this. First, there was an agreement between us and the Irish FA, and regarding the human rights, we respect that and the International Labour Organisation are aware of the progress in our country. Thank you.”

When the coach was asked to answer, he replied:

“I repeat the same answer my colleague said.

“Also, I have to tell you I am a national team coach and I am here in a press conference from one football game and that’s what I am going to talk about because that’s why I am here.”

Many players from Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands have started protesting as the death of migrant workers has raised concerns.

Ireland manager

Stephen Kenny

said pre-match:

“There is a clear issue with human rights in the building of stadiums in Qatar and the number of people who have died. You can’t sweep that under the carpet, it can’t be ignored.”


source: SportMob