Norway led the protests against Qatar’s human rights record, but they have decided to participate in the tournament’s qualifying competition.
protested against Qatar’s human rights record in March. The national team players wore T-shirts that spelled out “Human rights – on and off the pitch” before their World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar. There was also an official announcement by top-flight sideTromso
that suggested the national team should not attempt to qualify for the competition.
The club’s official statement in March reads:
“Tromso IL thinks it is time for football to stop and take a few steps back. We should think about the purpose of football and why so many love our sport. That corruption, modern-day slavery and a high number of workers’ deaths are the fundament to our most important tournament, the World Cup, is totally unacceptable.”
However, Norway’s FA confirmed on Monday that the national team will not boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Instead, it will propose a 26-point plan that should be implemented by FIFA and Qatari authorities.
“Sunday’s extraordinary federal meeting spent many hours considering the Qatar issue. 368 voted in favour and 121 voted against the NFF board’s proposal.”
the Norwegian FA said in anofficial statement
Norway are set to face the Netherlands in their next World Cup qualifier on September 1. The Lions currently sit fourth in Group G of the qualifying tournament with 6 points from their 3 matches.