Norway’s national team used the opening qualifier for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to make a clear statement about human rights violations in the Gulf state.
The players lined up before the start against Gibraltar, wearing T-shirts over their national team T-shirts with the message “HUMAN RIGHTS” written on them, followed by “Respect on and off the field”.
Earlier, players wore T-shirts with the inscription “RESPECT”, followed by “On and off the field” during the warm-up at Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar. Norwegian coach Stale Solbakken also wore a T-shirt with this announcement.
Qatar is under control because of its discriminatory laws and conditions for migrant workers who are helping to build infrastructure for the World Cup, which begins on November 21 next year.
Some of Norway’s top division clubs, including Rosenborg and Tromso, have called for a boycott of the World Cup. Solbakken said before the game in Gibraltar that his team “can do things the world can see” to put pressure on Qatar.