Hansi Flick, Germany's manager, believes the country of Qatar is unfit to host the 2022 World Cup due to its poor human rights record.
Just two months before the first game of the
2022 World Cup
's head coach Hansi Flick has voiced his strong objection to Qatar hosting the tournament.
Having replaced Joachim Low after Germany's elimination in the round of 16 to England at Euro 2020, formerBayern Munich
manager Flick will oversee Germany in his first major tournament.
In Group E, Germany will compete against Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica. On November 23, three days after Qatar's opening game against Ecuador, Germany will face
In an interview published on Tuesday in a German newspaper, Flick claimed that the question of whether or notQatar
's bid was warranted "should have been answered much earlier - with a no!"
When asked about human rights and sustainability, he told the Suddeutsche Zeitung,
"It is obvious that a lot is wrong in Qatar when it comes to human rights and sustainability."
The Arab nation has been criticized by the international community for its treatment of migrant labor, women's rights, and the LGBTQ community.
Amnesty International, a human rights organization, has demanded that migrant workers in Qatar be compensated for "suffering endured" during preparations for the World Cup, urging FIFA to back a "remediation programme" and expressing concern that the tournament will be "indelibly tainted by human rights abuses" if no action is taken.
Flick has previously voiced his opposition to holding the World Cup in Qatar. In August, Flick remarked that the World Cup would not be a competition "for fans," which contradicts his view that "football should be there for everyone."
Problems have arisen for fans, clubs, and players beyond the moral discussions due to the competition being held in the middle of the European club season and the lack of adequate lodging facilities in Qatar. In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, Flick said:
"[I have friends] who would like to fly to Qatar, but choose not to for a variety of reasons. Football should be there for everyone. That is why I say it is not a World Cup for fans."
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