Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Al Khater revealed he would like to have a meeting with Gareth Southgate about the treatment of migrant workers. Al Khater said it was a shame that some England fans would not travel for the World Cup. The Gulf state has been facing accusations about its human rights record since it was awarded the finals back in 2010. The England manager recently said that he was clear about the issues and would have a talk with the rest of the squad soon.
“My question would be, who from the England squad has come to Qatar? My question to the coach is, has he been to Qatar? Is he basing his opinions and his public statements on what he has read?” Nasser Al Khater said about Gareth Southgate. “Because it is kind of an issue if you’re basing your opinions and you are very vocal about that based on things you have read. Somebody with a lot of influence, such as Southgate, somebody with a big audience that listens to what he says, ought to pick his words very carefully. And I think that before making statements like that when it comes to the workers, he needs to come here and speak to workers and understand what workers get out of being here.”
“And these are the stories that nobody hears, so I look forward to welcoming him here, I look forward to meeting him at the draw and he can listen to my opinion, he does not have to believe it, but at least he needs to go that far to understand different opinions and different cultures,” he added. “No country is perfect, let’s get that right and I do not think anybody can claim that, so if somebody is coming and claiming they are a perfect country, they need to really take a look at themselves.”