The Supreme Committee of the Qatar World Cup was forced to hit back after the President of the Norweigan FA criticized their human rights record during the FIFA Congress. She described the awarding of the tournament as unacceptable and has called for necessary measures. Since they were awarded the finals in 2010, Qatar has been criticized for its human rights record as well as the treatment of migrant workers.

“In 2010, World Cups were awarded by FIFA in unacceptable ways, with unacceptable consequences. Human rights, equality, democracy – the core interests of football were not in the starting XI until many years later,” the President of the Norweigan FA Lise Klaveness said about the 2022 World Cup. “The migrant workers injured and the family members of those who died in the build-up to the World Cup must be cared for. FIFA, all of us, must take necessary measures to really implement change. There is no room for employers who do not secure the safety of World Cup workers, no room for leaders who cannot host the women’s game, no room for hosts who cannot legally guarantee the respect and safety of LGBTQ+ people coming to this theatre of dreams.”

“I would like to express my disappointment. Madame President [Klaveness] visited our country and made no request for a meeting, did not attempt to contact us, and did not attempt to engage in dialogue before addressing Congress today [Thursday],” Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee Hassan Al Thawadi said. “I urge everybody, we have always been open for dialogue, we have always welcomed constructive criticism that is based on discussion, understanding the issues and the context of the issues, and understanding the progress and the facts that are on the ground. We have always had our doors open.”

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