The pressure carried by Amnesty International on the FFF and the players of the French team continues. In a news “Letter to the Blues” published this Friday, the NGO announces that it “will support” Denmark, Sunday evening, during the League of Nations match which will see the selection of Didier Deschamps face that of Kasper Hjulmand in Copenhagen (8:45 p.m.).
Amnesty claims not to have received ” no answer “ to the mail sent on May 19 to the Blues to ask them “to speak out on the issue of the violation of human rights in Qatar”where the next World Cup will take place (November 20-December 18). “You have decided to remain silent […]continues Amnesty, which has not called for a boycott of the World Cup. Deafening silence from your team in the face of the thousands of migrant workers who died on Qatari construction sites and the thousands of others subjected to forced labor […]. For us, the Danish team is the big favorite to win the commitment challenge. »
Sponsors replaced on Danes’ training kits
The NGO recalls that “The Danish team’s sponsors have decided to remove their logos from the players’ training shirts and replace them with a message in favor of respect for human rights in Qatar”. A decision taken last November in consultation with two commercial partners, after the qualification of the Danes for the World Cup, where they will find the Blues again, in group D. On April 1, just after the draw in Doha, in the mixed zone, coach Kasper Hjulmand explained that he “was not comfortable” to be in the emirate, while next door, Noël Le Graët, the boss of the “3F”, had said to himself “very happy that we are coming to play in Qatar”.
After several postponements, the FFF and Amnesty France ended up meeting a little less than three weeks after this draw at the headquarters of the body, in Paris, to discuss issues related to respect for human rights and the protection of workers. in the small Gulf state, whose foreign labor represents nearly 90% of the population.
According to figures provided by the Qatari organizing committee for the World Cup at the end of last year, 38 deaths had occurred since 2014 on construction sites linked to stadiums, of which only “Three specifically related to work accidents”. Figures which would concern the 35,000 workers who were directly assigned to the tournament sites, while the latter constitute only a fraction of the immigrant workers mobilized on all the infrastructures in the emirate, for ten years.