Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal believes that it is ridiculous that the World Cup is being played in Qatar. He says that the only reason that the tournament is being hosted by the Middle East is for commercial reasons. Van Gaal revealed that he is a part of the commission with the Dutch FA that meets each month to discuss the ongoing human rights situation in Qatar. They have been one of the few associations to criticize the working conditions in Qatar.
“Now, everybody knows that I find that ridiculous. It’s ridiculous that we are going to play in a country – how does FIFA say it? – To develop the football there, to develop it better there. That is b******t,” Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal said. “And how are you doing that? By organizing a tournament in that country. But it doesn’t matter, it’s about money, commercial interests. That’s the main motive of FIFA.”
“The KNVB has never been in favor of holding the World Cup in Qatar and of course certainly doesn’t approve of the way in which migrant workers are treated there,” he added. “Why do you think that I’m not a member of the commission of FIFA? Because I have always taken my distance against these kinds of organizations. It’s not right, but I can say this directly about Qatar, but this does not help the world get rid of this problem.”
“I think I’m quite clear on the areas of concern about this tournament,” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “There are obviously ongoing concerns about the rights of workers and the conditions they live in and those areas. It seems universally accepted that it’s better than it was but not in the position where people think it could be. And maybe policies that have been put in place are not always enforced as they might be.”
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